n African Renaissance - Robert Mugabe against all odds : a historical discourse of a successful life president?

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


In Africa, the concept of leadership and rulership was nurtured by the traditional beliefs in which chiefs or kings ruled until death. The role to lead a political and geographical space was seen as a gift from the gods or God. Challenging the legality of a king was seen as challenging God's or the gods' choice hence it was an abomination. It is within this context that Mugabe and the Zimbabwean case must be view-being a microcosm of African larger complex socio-cultural, historical and political reality. Despite all efforts to oust the regime of Mugabe and the institution of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe, the crisis failed to be a mobilizing foundation for the civil unrest and the ouster of Mugabe. It also failed to garner total support for the opposition that would result in a total electoral victory that would end Mugabe's rule. The main focus of this article is to provide a historical discourse on how Mugabe has successfully defied all internal and external machinations to oust him from power.

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