|President of Zimbabwe|
22 December 1987
|Prime Minister||Morgan Tsvangirai (2009â€“2013)|
|Vice President||Joshua Nkomo (1987â€“1999)
Simon Muzenda (1987â€“2003)
Joseph Msika (1999â€“2009)
Joice Mujuru (2004â€“2014)
John Nkomo (2009â€“2013)
Emmerson Mnangagwa (2014â€“)
Phelekezela Mphoko (2014â€“)
|Preceded by||Canaan Banana|
|Prime Minister of Zimbabwe|
18 April 1980 â€“ 22 December 1987
|Preceded by||Abel Muzorewa (Zimbabwe Rhodesia)|
|Succeeded by||Morgan Tsvangirai (2009)|
|13th Chairperson of the African Union|
30 January 2015 â€“ 30 January 2016
|Preceded by||Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz|
|Succeeded by||Idriss DÃ©by|
|Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement|
6 September 1986 â€“ 7 September 1989
|Preceded by||Zail Singh|
|Succeeded by||Janez DrnovÅ¡ek|
|Born||Robert Gabriel Mugabe
21 February 1924
Kutama, Southern Rhodesia
|Political party||National Democratic Party (1960â€“1961)
Zimbabwe African People’s Union (1961â€“1963)
Zimbabwe African National Union (1963â€“1987)
Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (1987â€“present)
|Spouse(s)||Sally Hayfron (1961â€“1992; her death)
Grace Marufu (1996â€“present)
|Alma mater||University of Fort Hare
University of South Africa
University of London
We don't mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.
We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder… We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards.
Countries such as the U.S. and Britain have taken it upon themselves to decide for us in the developing world, even to interfere in our domestic affairs and to bring about what they call regime change.
The land is ours. It's not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people… Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality.
I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone. We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go… They can own companies and apartments… but not the soil. It is ours, and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.
We have said the first step was to designate the land, inform the owners. And the second would be to get the responses from the owners. And this will be openly done.
True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement.
I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once.
Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don't want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people.
People are free to campaign and they will be free to vote. There won't be any soldiers, you know, at the queues. Anyone who has the right to vote is free to go and cast his vote anywhere in his own area, in his own constituency.
In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us, we deliberately declared a Look East policy.
Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.
Zimbabwe has lots of safaris, but very few are African. Most are white-owned. In our region, we have the most safaris and animals. Our people cannot keep suffering.
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.
The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.
I've just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people, and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, D.C., get down on my knee, and ask his hand.
Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor. The people's votes and the people's guns are always inseparable twins.
I am glad that Zimbabwe and China speak the same language on many issues. We share the same conviction that only a fair, just, and non-prescriptive world order, based on the principles of the charter of the United Nations, can deliver the development we all need.
If the choice were made, one for us to lose our sovereignty and become a member of the Commonwealth or remain with our sovereignty and lose the membership of the Commonwealth, I would say let the Commonwealth go.
Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds.
I wish to assure you that there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of election under the Lancaster House agreement.
Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not.
We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.
We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don't want to be choked. We have enough.
We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating.
We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don't embrace homosexuality. We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality.