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.