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Zimbabwe or you prefer to call it the Republic of Zimbabwe , is a landlocked country located in the southern part of Africa, between two out of the seven rivers in Africa the Zambezi river and the
Limpopo Rivers , bordered by South Africa, Botswana , Zambia and Mozambique . The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly about 16 million citizens , Zimbabwe has 16 official languages ,with English ,Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.
Zimbabwe is the home of Africa oldest president Robert Gabriel Mugabe. A well known leader,hero and mentors across all Africa nations and also beyond the shores of the continent.
The young Mugabe was born to a poor Shona family in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia on the 21 February 1924. After his education at Kutama College and the University of Fort hate, he worked as a school teacher in in Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Ghana. Mugabe embraced Marxism and joined African nationalist protests calling for an independent black-led state all over Africa . After making anti-government comments, he was convicted of sedition and imprisoned between 1964 and 1974. On release, he fled to Mozambique , and he went ahead to established his leadership of ZANU and oversaw ZANU's role in the Rhodesian Bush War , fighting Ian Smith 's predominantly white government. He reluctantly took part in the peace negotiations brokered by the United Kingdom that resulted in the Lancaster House Agreement.
He has been the leader of the nation ever since independence and His policies have been described as Mugabeism .
Below are some facts about him.
1. He was knighted by the Queen of England. Elizabeth II awarded Mugabe a Grand Knight Cross in the order of the Bath in 1994 for his role in the development of Zimbabwe/UK relations, but this was subsequently revoked.
2. His father, Gabriel Matibili, was a carpenter from Nyasaland (later Malawi), who abandoned the family.
3. Robert Mugabe was not in favour of “scruffy” reggae musician Bob Marley playing at the independence celebrations in 1980, preferring the more clean-cut Cliff Richard.
4. In 2000 he won 100,000 Zimbabwe dollars in a lottery arranged by a partly stated-owned bank.
5. In 2013, Mugabe’s net worth was estimated at US$10-million.
6. He was once nominated for the Nobel Prize and was awarded the Chinese equivalent in 2015.
7. Mugabe has served as both chair of the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union. He shares this distinction with Congolese Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
8. Although he is a great cricket fan, he played tennis at school.
9. He fathered his last child, Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe when he was 73 years old.
10. At 93, he is the oldest head of state on earth.
11.Mugabe often drops provocative quotes about how much he hates white people, such as, ‘The white man is here as a second citizen. The only man you can trust is a dead white man.’
12. For years, Mugabe has travelled to East Asia for medical treatment – reputed to involve transfusions – which has left him, he claims, ‘Fitter than two fiddles’.
13.Mugabe’s guests will enjoy two elephants at the birthday ‘do’ – provided by a local farmer, much to the horror of conservationists.
14.Guests at his birthday will receive T-shirts commemorating events in Mugabe’s life.
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- Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:15
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