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Things you may not know about Robert Mugabe

By Aggregated content | 2014-04-02 11:22:10.0 | COMMENTS [ 119 ]

Everyone knows who Robert Mugabe is but what do we really know about him beyond his public life? Both his childhood and adult life are filled with surprises, many of which influenced decisions during his numerous terms as Zimbabwe’s president.

Mugabe is the product of a religious upbringing

Both of Robert Mugabe’s parents were extremely religious, and strict with their son. Throughout his childhood, he attended Jesuit school, and credits an Irish priest as one of his most influential mentors in his youth. Two of his brothers died when he was young Sadly, Mugabe lost both of his older brothers by the age of 10. One died from poisoning, while the other passed away not long after their father abandoned the family.

Mugabe has a strong background in education

Many are aware that Mugabe has always been a strong proponent of education. Zimbabwe’s literacy rate reached the highest of any African country during his presidency. This is in large part due to the fact that Mugabe worked as a school teacher prior to beginning his political career, first teaching in Ghana and then returning to Zimbabwe to join the revolution against the white government of Rhodesia.

Two of his brothers died when he was young

Sadly, Mugabe lost both of his older brothers by the age of 10. One died from poisoning, while the other passed away not long after their father abandoned the family.

He has seven university degrees

Six of Mugabe’s university degrees were actually earned while he was doing distance learning in prison. They cover a broad range of topics including education, economics, administration, and law. Degrees include a Bachelor of Laws and Master’s of Laws from the University of London’s external program, earned during his stint in a Salisbury prison.

After his release from prison, he escaped Zimbabwe with the help of a white nun

Though the Rhodesians did release Mugabe from prison, he was not supposed to leave the country. A white nun helped him to cross into Mozambique, where he was able to rejoin the revolutionary armies.

He was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee

In 1981, Mugabe was on the short list for the Nobel Peace Prize for his initial stance about reconciliation following Zimbabwe’s independence and his election as the country’s first president. He said, “Our people, young and old, men and women, black and white, living and dead, are, on this occasion, being brought together in a new form of national unity that makes them all Zimbabweans.”

He had an extramarital affair while his wife was dying from cancer

While his first wife was struggling with her cancer, Mugabe started up with his private secretary, Grace. When it came out that she was pregnant with his child, he ignored popular opinion and married her in 1996.

Mugabe traveled to Italy despite a E.U. travel ban

Due to Mugabe’s violent rule, the European Union issued a travel ban against him that would prevent him from entering any member countries. However, he was able to subvert the ban on religious grounds in March 2013 in order to attend the inauguration of Pope Francis in Italy.

Many honors he received from various institutions have been revoked

As the number of human rights violations perpetrated by Mugabe have increased, many of his honors have been revoked. For instance, Queen Elizabeth II rescinded his knighthood in 2008, the Hunger Project took back his 1988 award of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, and numerous universities have revoked honorary degrees, including Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Edinburgh.

His first child died

The first and only child Mugabe had with the late First Lady Sally Hayfron, Michael Nhamodzenyika, died at age three from cerebral malaria in 1966. Mugabe was informed of this from behind prison bars, and was devastated.

His father abandoned him

In January 2014, at his sister Bridget’s burial, Mugabe informed mourners during a 67-minute eulogy that his father had abandoned the family in 1934, after his oldest brother Michael’s death. Gabriel Mugabe Matibiri started a whole new family and bore new children.

He won the lottery

In 2000, Mugabe won the state lottery, raking in about 100,000 Zimbabwe dollars (the equivalent of $2,600 American dollars). His name was reportedly drawn from thousands of contestants, and many people were stunned. The lottery was organized by the Zimbabwe Banking Corp. About half the country’s population is unemployed.

Happy Birthday, Mugabe

Mugabe received a one-ton royal throne for his birthday, studded with gold and diamonds. He turned 90 on Feb. 21, 2014. Three throne crafters reportedly took two years of intensive work to carve the chair out of a block of stone.

Mugabe at the movies

A film star? Well…if you’ve seen the 2005 American thriller, “The Interpreter” with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, then you might know Mugabe’s role. A U.N. interpreter stumbles upon an assassination plot orchestrated by the fictional president of an African country. The fictional President Zuwanie” and Mugabe share many traits, as does the faux country of Matobo with Zimbabwe. The film was swiftly banned in Zimbabwe, deemed “anti-Zimbabwean.”

His LGBT views

This may come as no real shock: Mugabe hates the gays. Here are some things he has been quoted as saying: “Worse than pigs, goats, and birds.” “If you take two men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads.” Since 1987, he has enforced sodomy laws against homosexual acts.

Some honors he received have been revoked

As the number of human rights violations perpetrated by Mugabe have increased, some of his honors have been revoked. Queen Elizabeth II rescinded his knighthood in 2008. The Hunger Project took back his 1988 award of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger. Numerous universities have revoked honorary degrees, including Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Edinburgh.

He plans to run for president again in 2018

Mugabe won the most recent election in Zimbabwe in 2013 with 61 percent of the vote, but it is widely believed that voter fraud occurred. Despite this, and despite his advanced age, Mugabe has announced his intention to run again for election in 2018 for the office that he has held since 1987.

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SOURCES:

www.informationng.com, todaytanzania.blogspot.com and afkinsider.com

COMMENTS [ 119 ]

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speru5

Uncle BOB, your character and decisions says it all. You even cheated......

2014-04-02 11:28:22.0 | 3 replies

STOEPTALK

Compared to our Pres. Uncle Bob is a saint when it comes to him cheating.

2014-04-02 11:37:57.0 | 0 replies

Pale5a

yep..sounds like he punishing others(community) for his suffering..

2014-04-04 12:07:01.0 | 0 replies

DJMEENER

He is an Arse Hole!!!!!!!!!!

2014-04-10 07:18:46.0 | 0 replies

Blake

This biography is incomplete and biased by not mentioning that he murdered more than 100 000 Ndebele and Kalanga people in Matabeleland all because he hated them as he is Shona.

2014-04-02 11:30:46.0 | 1 replies
2014-04-02 13:38:41.0 | 0 replies

Mastermindandhisactivities

Hello Bloggerz......Eis but i like this photo, looks like a selfie....LOL

2014-04-02 11:34:32.0 | 0 replies

!#Sinudeity#!

No comment on the lesser known fact that he murdered 20,000 of his own people in one swipe?

2014-04-02 11:35:17.0 | 2 replies

!#Sinudeity#!

STOEPTALK - When Bob stole the farms, the capital fled the country, and so did foreign investments. . Zim experienced hyperinflation, because the government took money from the banks and never paid it back. Then it just started printing money, even though it had nothing to actually back the currency up with. Blaming sanctions is like blaming white people for HIV or Africa not having enough power plants.

2014-04-02 12:32:02.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

I will educate myself, thanks for not insulting me like Mthimbana bro,

2014-04-02 12:39:56.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

What a badly written article about a great hero of Africa, the totology in this passage is unpalatable. Long live his Excellency, I particularly liked the lottery part, you are truly great.

2014-04-02 11:36:36.0 | 15 replies

MasheleJ

"totology in this passage is unpalatable." Whatever does that mean? Kindly go drivel elsewhere...

2014-04-02 11:42:28.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

With re spect, the artic le is rath er flat tering, con sidering the devas ta tion he has ca used and the wholes ale mur der of Ndeb eles.

2014-04-02 11:43:50.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

And now to join in the verbal fun: "totology".... What on earth is that? Biology for tots?

2014-04-02 11:44:49.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

Did you read the article? even if you are not interested in uncle Bob as you claim, commenting on an article you havent read is true drivel, read some mebe y'all find the tautology.

2014-04-02 11:47:54.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

There's over 3 million Zimbos who fled from that tyrant just in SA. Imagine what the number looks like if were to look all over the diaspora, supermoron!

2014-04-02 12:03:57.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

Mthimbana so the sanctions imposed by the EU have nothing to do with the super hyper inflation experienced there. If you asked me, I'd say Zimbabwe was destroyed by external satanic meddling. Zimbabwe is the only country I know that has been returned to its rightful owners. Zimbabwe's diaspora is the same for any country, people are following opportunities. I also see a large number of Somalis, Pakistanis, Nogerians, Mozambicans, etc. and nobody blames the presidents of those countries for having a large diaspora.

2014-04-02 12:25:39.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

Stoeptalk let us ignore operation Murambatsvina and the persecution of opposition party members.

2014-04-02 12:28:07.0 | 0 replies

!#Sinudeity#!

STOEPTALK - When Bob stole the farms, the capital fled the country, and so did foreign investments. . Zim experienced hyperinflation, because the government took money from the banks and never paid it back. Then it just started printing money, even though it had nothing to actually back the currency up with. Blaming sanctions is like blaming white people for HIV or Africa not having enough power plants. At least educate yourself abit on the topic.

2014-04-02 12:32:48.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

No let us not forget, but we should forgive and forget, practice reconciliation that we are known for, if we could forgive and embrace our past oppressors, why cant we do the same to our own.

2014-04-02 12:33:56.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

Stoeptalk, you want SAns to forgive and forget on behalf of the Zimbos who have been displaced from their own country to risk xenophobia and racism all over the world? I don't get you

2014-04-02 12:36:59.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

It appears that we SAn are the Uncle Bob's biggest critics, so why not forgive and forget that operation that you are referring to. J.Nkomo wanted himself to run things, so the majority did not agree, and there was bloodshed. This was a terrible episode, but I get a sense that Zimbabwe's Ndebele people have moved on from this point. It is us who are still aggrieved by this because of our hatred for this true son of the soil.

2014-04-02 12:46:44.0 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

Stoeptalk, many Zimbos are refugees who fled from that tyrant. They are the ones you need to convince to forgive him for violating their human rights and forcing to flee from their country which is supposed to be "free"

2014-04-02 13:03:46.0 | 0 replies

STOEPTALK

I hear you Mthimbana.

2014-04-02 14:17:26.0 | 0 replies

Illuminated10111

hmmm i wanted to engage myself in this interesting topic but paging my Dictionary is not fun i think will pass! for a moment there i thought ya'll were speaking in tongues! PS: being Ambiguous does Not mean you are a genious o_O

2014-04-03 14:41:32.0 | 0 replies

Peploz

So true hey ,EFF is taking the farms ,pray that we don't win these elections

2014-04-07 07:43:06.0 | 0 replies

MasheleJ

There's a list of things of things that interest me an' ol' Bob not on it...

2014-04-02 11:38:48.0 | 1 replies

Warren

I feel you. Who cares about this fossilised mass murderer anyway. His demons are waiting to deal with him the moment he kicks the bucket.

2014-04-02 13:44:09.0 | 0 replies

Umzingisi

Rob, with your education... One would think of a Strong and Prosperous Nation, pity, education and intelligence don't normal go together, hence the state of affairs in Zim.

2014-04-02 11:41:15.0 | 0 replies

sakhomba

Intellects (Mugabe) and houtkops (JZ) 6 no 9, k' ya fana............go tshwana fela

2014-04-02 11:44:23.0 | 0 replies

imfene

Robert Mugabe has looked after himself very well from a health point of view. In this regard my respect to him.

2014-04-02 11:44:45.0 | 1 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Agreed.....And it appears that Zimbabwe's schools function as planned.

2014-04-02 12:21:22.0 | 0 replies

Droooooza

The one and only African President who can tell a white man to keep his p!nk out of Zimbabwean affaires.

2014-04-02 11:45:10.0 | 5 replies

imfene

Is this why he must now beg the white man and yellow man for funding to pay the army and other civil servants wages. A country gone from prosperous to beggar status in short time. Very embarrassing for us black people who believe that we are capable of success without having to beg from anyone. Please my baas, spare me a coin. Eish very embarassing.

2014-04-02 11:56:58.0 | 0 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Other African Presidents do not need to tell the white man and the yellow man to keep their "...." out of their affairs - because other African Presidents have not screwed up their countries to the extent that other people need to get involved.....Africa's original bread basket country is now having to import food, after first getting international loans to be able to pay for those imports....Is this something to be proud of?

2014-04-02 12:19:22.0 | 0 replies

skopomashwabana

no job baba..haykhona mzebensi

2014-04-02 12:19:55.0 | 0 replies

grunt

You idiot, you do not see how his continued insults at the West and whites, and poor leadership, has resulted in his country becoming a slave to them ? Zim does not even have its own currency anymore, they have to use US dollar.

2014-04-02 12:45:46.0 | 0 replies

skopomashwabana

haykhona zim dollar baba lo thenga lo sinkwa..benjamins. franklins

2014-04-02 12:49:55.0 | 0 replies

imfene

When pschopaths rule, the ending can never be good. Unfortunately people of our continent, because of our tribal bacground, have not had experience in being able to say no to these thugs. (It took only 20 years to destroy Zimbabwe and force half the population into exile). Unfortunately, Mr Mugabe also seems to be running our country because of our weak leadership and the resulting power vacuum. A not good ending for us.

2014-04-02 11:45:45.0 | 0 replies
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