As the world mourns the passing of the heavyweight politician from Africa, following are key milestones in the life of Zimbabwe’s former leader, Robert Mugabe, Concise News reports.
1924 – Mugabe is born on Feb. 21 in what was then British-ruled Southern Rhodesia.
1940s-1950s – He is educated at Catholic schools and attends South Africa’s University of Fort Hare.
He teaches in Zambia and Ghana, where he is influenced by African independence movement leaders.
1960s – Mugabe campaigns for Zimbabwe’s independence and is imprisoned in 1964 for political agitation.
While incarcerated, he earns two law degrees from the University of London External Programme.
1974 – Released from prison, he escapes to Mozambique were Zimbabwe African National Union guerrilla fighters elect him to lead their struggle against white minority rule.
A number of rivals die in suspicious circumstances, rights groups say.
1980 – Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party wins independent Zimbabwe’s first election. He takes office as prime minister on April 18.
1982 – Mugabe deploys North Korean-trained troops to crush an insurgency by former guerrillas loyal to his liberation war rival Joshua Nkomo.
Government forces are accused of involvement in the killing of 20,000 civilians, which Mugabe denies.
1987 – He becomes president with sweeping executive powers after changes to the constitution and signs a unity pact with Nkomo, who becomes one of his two deputies.
1990 – ZANU-PF and Mugabe win parliamentary and presidential ele