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Robert Gabriel Mugabe (Shona: [muɡaɓe]; 21 February 1924 – 6 September 2019) was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He served as Leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist–Leninist, and as a socialist after the 1990s.

Mugabe was born to a poor Shona family in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia. Educated at Kutama College and the University of Fort Hare, he worked as a schoolteacher in Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia, and Ghana. Angered by white minority rule of his homeland within the British Empire, Mugabe embraced Marxism and joined African nationalists calling for an independent state controlled by the black majority. After making anti-government comments, he was convicted of sedition and imprisoned between 1964 and 1974. On release, he fled to Mozambique, established his leadership of ZANU, and oversaw its role in the Rhodesian Bush War, fighting Ian Smith's predominately white government. He reluctantly participated in peace talks in the United Kingdom that resulted in the Lancaster House Agreement, putting an end to the war. In the 1980 general election, Mugabe led ZANU-PF to victory, becoming Prime Minister when the country, now renamed Zimbabwe, gained internationally recognised independence later that year. Mugabe's administration expanded healthcare and education and—despite his professed desire for a socialist society—adhered largely to mainstream, conservative economic policies.

Mugabe's calls for racial reconciliation failed to stem growing white emigration, while relations with Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) also deteriorated. In the Gukurahundi of 1982–1987, Mugabe's Fifth Brigade crushed ZAPU-linked opposition in Matabeleland in a campaign that killed at least 10,000 people, mostly Ndebele civilians. Internationally he sent troops into the Second Congo War and chaired the Non-Aligned Movement (1986–89), the Organisation of African Unity (1997–98), and the African Union (2015–16). Pursuing decolonisation, Mugabe emphasised the redistribution of land controlled by white farmers to landless blacks, initially on a "willing seller–willing buyer" basis. Frustrated at the slow rate of redistribution, from 2000 he encouraged black Zimbabweans to violently seize white-owned farms. Food production was severely impacted, leading to famine, economic decline, and foreign sanctions. Opposition to Mugabe grew, but he was re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2013 through campaigns dominated by violence, electoral fraud, and nationalistic appeals to his rural Shona voter base. In 2017, members of his party ousted him in a coup, replacing him with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Having dominated Zimbabwe's politics for nearly four decades, Mugabe was a controversial figure. He was praised as a revolutionary hero of the African liberation struggle who helped free Zimbabwe from British colonialism, imperialism, and white minority rule. Critics accused Mugabe of being a dictator responsible for economic mismanagement and widespread corruption and human rights abuses, including anti-white racism and crimes against humanity.

quote by Robert Mugabe: We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: There are many refugees, if not more refugees inside the country than outside the country. There is also the question of working to aid us at the present moment when we are campaigning for elections. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

There are many refugees, if not more refugees inside the country than outside the country. There is also the question of working to aid us at the present moment when we are campaigning for elections.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: I am an educationist. I'm an economist. I am a politician. I am also now a good storyteller, you know? with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

I am an educationist. I'm an economist. I am a politician. I am also now a good storyteller, you know?

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don't want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don't want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: Some people think that being a leader means killing people and beating people, but that is not the way. Even the fallen heroes would not approve of that. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Some people think that being a leader means killing people and beating people, but that is not the way. Even the fallen heroes would not approve of that.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: What is the problem? We now have aeroplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

What is the problem? We now have aeroplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept will seek to remove. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept will seek to remove.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Is it not obvious that Britain, under the regime of Tony Blair, has ceased to respect the Charter of the United Nations? with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Is it not obvious that Britain, under the regime of Tony Blair, has ceased to respect the Charter of the United Nations?

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: We will defend our victory through armed struggle. We will have to do that. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We will defend our victory through armed struggle. We will have to do that.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: The armed struggle is not ending just now. We are upholding a ceasefire. We have our arms with us. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

The armed struggle is not ending just now. We are upholding a ceasefire. We have our arms with us.

--Robert Mugabe



quote by Robert Mugabe: I would spend my time telling stories or writing them. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

I would spend my time telling stories or writing them.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because men don't walk around with X-rays to see inner beauty. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because men don't walk around with X-rays to see inner beauty.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won't even attempt to slap a live one. Yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he's a foreigner. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won't even attempt to slap a live one. Yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he's a foreigner.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on rather than send it to your mum and you realise witchcraft is real. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on rather than send it to your mum and you realise witchcraft is real.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: We are now being coerced to accept and believe that a new political-cum-religious doctrine has arisen, namely that 'there is but one political god, George Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We are now being coerced to accept and believe that a new political-cum-religious doctrine has arisen, namely that 'there is but one political god, George Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: How can these countries who have stolen land from the Red Indians, the Aborigines, the Eskimos dare to tell us what to do with our land? with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

How can these countries who have stolen land from the Red Indians, the Aborigines, the Eskimos dare to tell us what to do with our land?

--Robert Mugabe




quote by Robert Mugabe: We expected anyway that the democratic forces which have agreed with us in Zimbabwe would have rallied behind us. But it was a difficult struggle. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We expected anyway that the democratic forces which have agreed with us in Zimbabwe would have rallied behind us. But it was a difficult struggle.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power.

--Robert Mugabe



quote by Robert Mugabe: Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans; so are its resources. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans; so are its resources.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe has lots of safaris, but very few are African. Most are white-owned. In our region, we have the most safaris and animals. Our people cannot keep suffering. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Zimbabwe has lots of safaris, but very few are African. Most are white-owned. In our region, we have the most safaris and animals. Our people cannot keep suffering.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us, we deliberately declared a Look East policy. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us, we deliberately declared a Look East policy.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: Some people are contriving ways and means of making us collapse. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Some people are contriving ways and means of making us collapse.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder... We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder... We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy! with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy!

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe will never be a colony again. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: There are things one must do for oneself. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

There are things one must do for oneself.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: The only white man you can trust is a dead white man. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.

--Robert Mugabe


quote by Robert Mugabe: I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.

--Robert Mugabe



quote by Robert Mugabe: We have said the first step was to designate the land, inform the owners. And the second would be to get the responses from the owners. And this will be openly done. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We have said the first step was to designate the land, inform the owners. And the second would be to get the responses from the owners. And this will be openly done.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: We don't mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We don't mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.

--Robert Mugabe
quote by Robert Mugabe: We are not hungry... Why foist this food upon us? We don't want to be choked. We have enough. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We are not hungry... Why foist this food upon us? We don't want to be choked. We have enough.

--Robert Mugabe

quote by Robert Mugabe: We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating. with background image: photo of author Robert Mugabe with quote

We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating.

--Robert Mugabe

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