Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe Through the Decades

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  • A Freedom Fighter
  • 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 Hero or a Tyrant?

Mugabe’s heroic image was soon questioned when he ousted a party representing a major region of the country from his administration. A volatile split also formed between Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, who previously fought beside the president in the 1970s for the nation’s independence before ending up the leader of the pro-Marxist party ZAPU. Mugabe embarked on an anti-opposition campaign, which led to thousands of killings. Unable to defeat one another, the two rivals merged to become ZANU PF.

(Photo: Central Press/Getty Images)

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