President Robert Mugabe resigned last year in a bloodless coupe detat. He had ruled the country since 1980 and thus he was one of the longest serving presidents in Africa. He first served the country as a Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then as a president between 1987 to 2017. It is interesting to know some other details about Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, besides his long stay in power. His upbringing, education and lifestyle has been unique, no wonder, he stands as one of the long serving presidents in the world. Here are some 8 unique facts about Robert Mugabe
1. His father abandoned him
In 1934 Robert Mugabe’s father abandoned their family after the death of his oldest brother Michael. Mugabe started a whole new family. President Mugabe revealed this in January 2014, at his sister Bridget’s burial.
2. Mugabe Worked as a Teacher in Ghana
Robert Mugabe worked as a school teacher prior to beginning his political career. He first taught in Ghana, Africa’s first nation to gain independence and then on returning to Zimbabwe to join the revolution against the white government of Rhodesia. We would like to see some of the students of Mugabe and we pray that he didn’t teach them about how to cling in power!
3. Robert Mugabe has 7 university degrees
President Mugabe is one of the most learned presidents of Africa. He has seven University degrees. Six of the degrees were earned while he was doing distance learning in prison. They cover a broad range of topics including Education, Economics, Administration, and Law. Robert Mugabe holds degrees that include a Bachelor of Laws and Master’s of Laws from the University of London’s external program which he earned during his stint in a Salisbury prison. Mugabe speaks fluent English and adopted an English accent when pronouncing words.
4. Mugabe was helped by a white nun
Though the Rhodesians did release Mugabe from prison, he was not supposed to leave the country. A white nun helped him to cross into Mozambique, where he was able to rejoin the revolutionary armies.
5. Cheated on his first wife while she was dying of cancer
Mugabe is no joke! While his first wife was struggling with her cancer, Mugabe started an affair with his private secretary, Grace Ntombizodwa who is also rumored to have been engaged to some guy. When it came out that she was pregnant with his child, he ignored popular opinion and married her in 1996 to become the strong First Lady of Zimbabwe.
6. Has a strong religious upbringing
Though Robert Mugabe is not known as a staunch catholic, he has a strong religious upbringing. Robert Mugabe attended Jesuit school, and credits an Irish priest as one of his most influential mentors in his youth. It is not news that Robert Mugabe has visited Rome several times and has met
7. Mugabe Takes Great Care with His Appearance
Mugabe is one of the African leaders who pays much attention to his looks before leaving his home. He is known for his three-piece suit, wide rimmed glasses that have been his hallmark since 1980. He has been also associated with his tiny moustache.
8. Mugabe’s Genitals Were Operated
During Mugabe’s early life an operation on his genitals was done. This generated rumours that he had only one testicle or half a penis! These rumours generated mixed reactions – His opponents used to ridicule him that he was not a man enough. However his supporters used this as a tool to claim that he sacrificed a lot to his country because the operation was as result of his activism towards the white rule and thus was a revolutionary cause.