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.