Robert Gabriel Mugabe Quick Facts

By Lisa Masuku

In honor of one of Zimbabwe’s founding fathers, here are things you should know about this legendary liberation icon.

  • Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born on 21 February 1924.
  • He was born in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe]
  • The son of a village carpenter,
  • Mugabe was trained as a teacher in a Roman Catholic mission school.
  • Between 1956 and 1960 he taught in Ghana.
  • He was introduced to politics while studying at the University College of Fort Hare, South Africa.
  • In 1963 he helped the Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole to form the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU)
  • In 1964 he was arrested for “subversive speech” and spent 10 years in prison
  • He was freed in 1974 and became the  first prime minister (1980–87) of the reconstituted state of Zimbabwe formerly Rhodesia
  • He then served as President from 1987 to 2017.
  • In 1992 Mugabe’s  first wife Sarah Francesca ‘Sally’ Hayfron, whom he married in 1961 died. They were married for 31years.
  • He then  married Grace Marufu in 1996 and together they had a daughter, Bona and two sons.
  • He died in Singapore on September 5, 2019 at the age of 95.
  • Robert Mugabe  is survived by Grace, 54, Bona, 29, Robert and Chatunga, 22.

Now you know plenty of interesting facts about this extremely important figure in history.