Robert Mugabe
How Power Changed Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe was elected Zimbabwe’s first black Prime Minister on March 4, 1980, following his role as a rebel leader against white minority rule. Mugabe is the leader of Zimbabwe’s African National Union – Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF. Shortly after coming to power, Mugabe established a one-party state. Mugabe also began killing opposition, and it is estimated that at least 20,000 people were killed between 1982 and 1985. Mugabe served as Prime Minister until 1987, when he became Zimbabwe’s first President. Wilf Mbanga was a close friend of Mugabe’s at the time of his election. In this video, Mbanga talks about how power changed his friend and how Mbanga eventually tried to distance himself from Mugabe.

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