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Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe, in full Robert Gabriel Mugabe, (born February 21, 1924, Kutama, Southern Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe]—died September 6, 2019, Singapore), the first prime minister (1980–87) of the reconstituted state of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia.

A black nationalist of Marxist persuasion, he eventually established one-party rule in his country, becoming executive president of Zimbabwe in 1987. He resigned on November 21, 2017, after succumbing to political and military pressure.

The son of a village carpenter, Mugabe was trained as a teacher in a Roman Catholic mission school.

He was introduced to nationalist politics while he was a student at the University College of Fort Hare, South Africa, and between 1956 and 1960 he taught in Ghana.

Mnangagwa finally takes oath as president of Zimbabwe

HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country’s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30 polls was challenged by the main opposition, pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimb­abweans” at an inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of supporters at a stadium in Harare. “I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnan­gagwa, swear that as president of the republic of Zimbabwe…

Zimbabwe ex-army chief who helped oust Mugabe sworn in as VP

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule was on Thursday sworn in as one of the country's two vice presidents. General Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of office in Harare, pledging to be "faithful" to Zimbabwe and to "obey, uphold and defend the constitution". "I will discharge my duties with all my strength and to the best of my knowledge and ability," said Chiwenga, dressed in a black suit at a ceremony held on the lawns of the…

Zimbabwe’s military muscles into first post-Mugabe cabinet

HARARE: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed senior military officials to top posts in his first cabinet on Friday in what was widely seen as a reward for the army’s role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa was sworn in as president a week ago after 93-year-old Mugabe quit in the wake of a de facto military coup. Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as ‘The Crocodile’, made Major-General Sibusiso Moyo foreign minister and gave Air Marshal Perrance Shiri the land portfolio.…

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe cried when he agreed to step down: report

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe cried and lamented “betrayal by his lieutenants” when he agreed to step down last week under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power, the Standard newspaper said in its Sunday edition. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe loyalist, was sworn in on Friday and attention is focused on whether he will name a broad-based government or select figures from Mugabe’s era. The newspaper quoted sources within Mugabe’s inner circle as saying the devout…

Mnangagwa the ‘Crocodile’ sworn in as Zimbabwe president

HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as president of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare’s national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old known as the Crocodile vowed to uphold the constitution of the former British colony and protect the rights of all Zimbabwe’s 16 million citizens. In a speech he said elections would go ahead next year and acknowledged there had been “errors” under Mugabe.…

Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe: sources

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday. Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him. Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, is set to be sworn in as president on…

Zimbabwe’s next leader says post-Mugabe era is ‘full democracy’

HARARE: Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare on Wednesday that they were witnessing "unfolding full democracy" as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power. It was his first public speech since Mugabe fired him on November 6 over a succession tussle with the former first lady, a move that prompted the military's intervention to force Mugabe from power, leading to his resignation on Tuesday. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and…

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, state broadcaster ZBC reported on Wednesday. Mnangagwa, who fled for his safety after Mugabe sacked him two weeks ago, will land at Manyame Airbase in Harare at 6pm (1600 GMT), ZBC said. Mnangagwa’s sacking prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out. Mugabe’s downfall came suddenly for a man once feted across Africa as a liberation…