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
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...