Mugabe - My Part in His Victory

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Overview Mugabe-my part in his victory' is a light-hearted but factually based look at national service in the Rhodesian police force immediately prior to Robert Mugabe's accession to power in Zimbabwe. It follows the transition of Chris Walmsley and his university friends from raw, high spirited recruits to disciplined and competent policemen. Not that this is a straightforward process.

The police officers, recruits and Mugabe all had different ideas on how this should be achieved. They could not all be right…. Product Details.

Average Review. Write a Review. Zimbabwe's economy entered a downwards spiral, with inflation reaching billions of percent before the local currency was scrapped in favour of the US dollar.

How Robert Mugabe's rule over Zimbabwe was dominated by murder

The land reforms were widely condemned worldwide, with Britain's then prime minister Tony Blair describing the attacks on white farmers as 'barbaric'. Mugabe hit back, calling Blair a 'liar' and an 'arrogant little fellow'. The insults didn't end there. He called then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice 'that girl born out of the slave ancestry' echoing 'her master's voice'. Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth in March , after Mugabe had been denounced for vote-rigging his own re-election. Mugabe blamed Western sanctions for the economic collapse, although they were targeted at him and his cronies personally, not at the economy.

He lacked the easy charisma of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and contemporary who became South Africa's first black president in after reconciling with its former white rulers. However, his hard line with the West won him admirers and several African leaders paid tribute to him today. Embracing his new role as antagonist of the West, he said in 'If people say you are dictator Toward the end of his rule, he served as rotating chairman of the nation African Union and the nation Southern African Development Community; his criticism of the International Criminal Court was welcomed by regional leaders who also thought it was being unfairly used to target Africans.

In Mugabe's rule appeared threatened when he lost the first round of the presidential vote against his long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

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But Tsvangirai dropped out of the second round after a campaign of violence against his supporters and Mugabe was back in power. After that election, the West mobilised against him, with former French president Nicholas Sarkozy saying point blank: 'President Mugabe must go. Mugabe's later years were partly overshadowed by the ambitions of his wife Grace, his former secretary and 41 years his junior, whom he married in and who aspired to be President herself. His first wife, Sally, who had been seen by many as the only person capable of restraining him, died in Mugabe and Grace were billionaires.

The rest of the country had no money or food. Marx's Communist Manifesto lay in the gutter. Even after , when Mugabe was forced to form an inclusive government with the Movement for Democratic Change, tyranny continued. Despite talk of cooperation, MDC officials faced arrests, imprisonment and torture. The topic of his succession was virtually taboo during Mugabe's decades-long rule but became unavoidable as he clung to power well into his 90s and his health weakened.

Mugabe's visible ailments were often shrouded in mystery.

Frugality, brutality

Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract, denying frequent private media reports that he had prostate cancer. The military finally intervened in late to ensure that Grace's presidential ambitions were ended in favour of their own preferred candidate. The announcement prompted jubilant scenes in the capital Harare as the news spread and Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate the downfall of the ageing dictator.

When Mugabe came to power in , life expectancy at birth in Zimbabwe was It then crashed to just Until his death aged 95, announced this morning, Mugabe had a luxurious retirement. Though he disappeared from mainstream politics he was given a state residence, a private car fleet and free air travel. An embittered Mugabe resurfaced last year to say he was backing the opposition candidate at the election, refusing to support Mnangagwa and his own former ZANU-PF party.

He was visibly frail in his final months and died in hospital today. He leaves two sons and a daughter. Mugabe holds hands with his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela in Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe wave to crowds at the start of a Zimbabwean public holiday parade in President Robert Mugabe talks during celebrations marking his 90th birthday in Marondera in February Mugabe centre greets his supporters alongside his wife Grace after his address at a rally in Harare in July I feel overwhelmed and at the same time I feel humbled.

I wish to address you tonight on the significance of the election victory you have awarded my party, ZANU - Patriotic Front. In doing so I would like to thank all those who, either by their direct vote, as our supporters, or by their efficient campaigning, as our organisers, have contributed to this favourable result. In addition may I also thank all the officials who participated in the mechanical exercise of handling the elections, without whose organizational and administrative efforts the whole election process would have been a failure. Soon a new government will come into being and lead our country to independence.

In constituting this government my main concern and that of my party is to create an instrument capable of achieving peace and stability, as it strives to bring about progress. Peace and stability can only be achieved if all of us, first as individuals and secondly as part of the whole Zimbabwean national community, feel a definite sense of individual security on the one hand, and have an assurance of national peace and security on the other.

It must be realized however that a state of peace and security can only be achieved by our determination, all of us, to be bound by the explicit requiremnets of peace contained in the Lancaster House agreement, which express the general desire of the people of Zimbabwe. In this regard I wish to assure you that there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of the election under the Lancaster House agreement.

Surely this is now time to beat our swords into ploughshares, so we can attend to the problems of developing our economy and our society. My party recognizes the fundamental principle that in constituting a government it is necessary to be guided by the national interest, rather than by strictly party considerations.