After 34 Years of Mugabe: From Darling to Despot, and from Hope to Hunger

Reminders are always painfull especially when things and situiations have gone terribly wrong

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

Think Africa Press

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is living proof that power corrupts, and that a cult of personality can devastate a country otherwise brimming with potential.

By Jeffrey Smith

Robert Mugabe accepting a gift from New Zealand in 1980. Photograph by Archives New Zealand. Robert Mugabe accepting a gift from New Zealand in 1980. Photograph by Archives New Zealand.

On 17 April, 1980, Robert Mugabe addressed a euphoric crowd in the soon-to-be- independent Zimbabwe. In the aftermath of a long and brutal liberation struggle against white minority rule, Mugabe seemed to publicly embrace the ideals of peace and reconciliation. By becoming Zimbabwe’s leader he ostensibly vanquished the ugly specter of colonialism and racism that had defined the country formerly known as Rhodesia, and entered office buoyed by a wave of international fanfare and support.

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