From democrat to despot: How Robert Mugabe went from liberator to tyrant

He was a hero of Africa's independence struggle, but his 37-year rule of Zimbabwe descended into oppression, corruption and incompetence

08 September 2019 - 00:00 By OWN CORRESPONDENT

In 1934, when Robert Mugabe was 10 years old, his family was beset by a tragedy that would change the studious and quiet boy's life forever. His beloved eldest brother, Michael, died after accidentally drinking poison.

In the wake of the tragedy his father, a carpenter, abandoned the family, and to Robert fell the duty of providing solace to his grief-stricken and emotionally fragile mother, Bona...

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