Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe Through the Decades

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  • New Nation, New Leader
  • A Hero or a Tyrant?
  • The Start of the Decline
  • Who Is the Real Mugabe?
  • Voting and Violence
  • President Once More
  • A Changing of the Tide?
  • Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe through the Decades
  • A Freedom Fighter

The Start of the Decline

To launch a land redistribution program in the mid-1990s, the president used mobs to force commercial farmers off of their land and presented the land to Black Zimbabweans — most of whom had no prior farming experience. While Mugabe intended to level racial inequities created by colonial rule, this program led to a continued drop in the nation’s economy.

(Photo: REUTERS/Howard Burditt/Landov)

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