Robert Mugabe was born in February 1924 in Kutama, ‘Southern Rhodesia’ now Zimbabwe. He passed away on 6th of September 2019 while undergoing treatment in Singapore. The late Robert Mugabe was the first Prime Minister of the State of Zimbabwe from 1980-1987.
He later established a one-party state of ruling where he became the Executive President in 1987. The late ruled Zimbabwe for 30 years as president. He resigned on the 21st of November,2017 after yielding to too much political and Military Pressure.
Robert Mugabe wanted his wife to succeed him as the president but Emmerson Munangagwa succeeded him. Grace Mugabe was endorsed by his late husband as the leader of ZANU-PF to take over from where he left but his then prime minister took over.
Zimbabweans voted for the first time in July 30th after Mugabe’s 37 year authoritarian rule and the now president Emmerson Munangagwa won the election last year.
During his resignation he was the oldest head of state worldwide and one of Africa’s longest serving leaders. The late rose to power as a champion of anti-colonialism but during his authoritarian rule of 37 years the Economy of Sub-Sahara’s most promising country was impoverished and degraded.
Robert Mugabe’s Education
He was Trained as a teacher in a Roman Catholic Mission School and graduated in 1945. Mugabe taught in Rhodesia and Ghana for 15 years. While teaching in Ghana,he enrolled at the Kwame Nkurumah Ideological Institute in Winneba.
He got a scholarship to pursue further education at the University College of Fort Hare in South Africa. Where he Graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English Literature.
Due to his passion for Education, the late Robert Mugabe bagged a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of South Africa, by correspondence.
He acquired a bachelor’s degree in Administration from the University of London International Programmes through distant learning,still by correspondence.
Moreover,while serving his prison term between 1964 and 1974, he taught fellow prisoners English and acquired Two Law graduate degrees from the University of London by Correspondence.
Mugabe was wise and well learned and had love for education as we can see even in prison he managed to bag degrees.
He was also a writer, he wrote a number of books.
Robert Mugabe’s Family;Wife and Children
His first wife,First lady, Sally Hayfron died in 1992. He married Grace Marufu on 17th of August 1996, who was 41 years younger than him. She was his former secretary with whom he already had two children.
She first became pregnant for Mugabe while he was still married to his first wife and while Grace was married to another man.
Robert fathered three children; one girl and two boys and one step son with Grace Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe will be remembered for
- His funny and wise-educative quotes
- His habit of dozing off in public occasions
- The long rule over Zimbabweans
- Transforming the Education system during his rule
- The Nobel Peace Prize in 1981
- Extravagant 91st Birthday