Robert Mugabe against All Odds: A Historical Discourse of a Successful Life President?

Lucky Asuelime, Blessing Simura

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalAfrican Renaissance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Robert Mugabe
  • Zimbabwe
  • life president
  • power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations


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