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Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a former Zimbabwean politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017.
Born: February 21, 1924 (age 94 years), Kutama, Zimbabwe
Prime Minister: Morgan Tsvangirai (2009–2013)
Spouse: Grace Mugabe (m. 1996), Sally Mugabe (m. 1961–1992)
Siblings: Sabina Mugabe, Regina Gata, Albert Mugabe
Education: University of Fort Hare (1951), Kutama College
The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.
Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy!
Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.
Bachelor of Arts (History and English) (BA) degree from the University of Fort Hare (1951)
Bachelor of Administration (B.Admin) from University of South Africa (Unisa)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of South Africa (Unisa)
Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Economics from University of London (External Programme)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of London (External Programme)
Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of London (External Programme)
Master of Science (MSc.) in Economics from University of London (External Programme)
The two law degrees were earned while he was in prison (between 1964 and 1975) and the MSc while leading the Zimbabwe government after independence.
REVOKED HONORARY DEGREES:
Honorary LLD degree from University of Edinburgh (1994), which was however revoked in June 2007.
Honorary LLD degree from University of Massachusetts (1986), which was also revoked in June 2008.
Honorary LLD degree from Michigan State University (1990), and was revoked on 12 September 2008.
Honorary LLD degree from Ahmadou Bello University (Nigeria)
Honorary LLD degree from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)
Honorary LLD degree from University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Honorary LLD degree from St. Augustine’s University (Tanzania)
Honorary LLD degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)
Honorary LLD degree from Solusi University (Zimbabwe)
Honorary D.Litt. degree from Africa University (Zimbabwe)
Honorary D.Civil Laws degree from University of Mauritius (Mauritius)
Honorary D.Com. degree from For Hare University (South Africa)
Honorary D.Tech. degree from National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe)
Honorary D.Phil (African Heritage and Philosophy) degree from Great Zimbabwe University (Zimbabwe)
1. He was knighted by the Queen of England. Elizabeth II awarded Mugabe a Grand Knight Cross in the order of the Bath in 1994 for his role in the development of Zimbabwe/UK relations, but this was subsequently revoked.
2. His father, Gabriel Matibili, was a carpenter from Nyasaland (later Malawi), who abandoned the family.
3. Robert Mugabe was not in favour of “scruffy” reggae musician Bob Marley playing at the independence celebrations in 1980, preferring the more clean-cut Cliff Richard.
4. In 2000 he won 100,000 Zimbabwe dollars in a lottery arranged by a partly stated-owned bank.
5. In 2013, Mugabe’s net worth was estimated at US$10-million.