President Robert Mugabe came to power when Zimbabwe won independence in 1980 and his 37-year rule has been criticized for repression of dissent, election rigging, and for causing the country’s economic collapse. Putting a question mark on his political career.
After leading Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, Robert Mugabe formally stepped down as the country’s president, according to the speaker of parliament. This was due to political tension and a feared coup after Zimbabwe’s army seized the headquarters of the state broadcaster ZBC in Harare and blocked off access to government offices.
The early life of President Robert Mugabe
Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, near Kutama, northeast of Salisbury [now Harare], in what was then Rhodesia.
The former school teacher, with seven university degrees, first came to prominence after waging a bloody guerrilla war against the white colonial rulers who jailed him for 10 years over a “subversive speech” he made in 1964.