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Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe

by James R. Arnold, Roberta Wiener

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Zimbabwean people hoped that achieving independence in 1980 would bring freedom, health care, education, and financial security that would enable them to make a comfortable living for themselves. However, this did not happen. Mugabe became the country's prime minister in 1980. He confiscated the wealth and controlled the release of information to the nation. He rewarded loyalists, dispensed biased information, lied, and curtailed information to the outside world. He changed laws to suit his needs, ignored court rulings, controlled parliament, rigged elections, and bypassed the constitution. The laws did not protect the people of Zimbabwe. When criticized, he blamed the white supremacist who once ruled Zimbabwe, but he used the same tactics and laws to govern his people. When he seized white-owned farms, the people of Zimbabwe expected that the land would be distributed fairly among the people. Instead, it was distributed only to loyal supporters, because Mugabee knew that in order to stay in power he had to keep the army happy; they were the ones who could overthrow him. Since many of the loyalists were military people and had little or no experience in farming large commercial farms, the farms—and thus the country's economy—deteriorated. In 1980, the year of independence, the Zimbabwean dollar was worth more than the United States dollar. By the end of 2005, it was worth one-thousandth of a penny. With the advent of the Internet, Mugabe has been unable to suppress and silence information about Zimbabwe's deterioration. The book lists several websites that provide information about what is going on in Zimbabwe. Part of the "Dictatorship" series. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Dictatorships Series
Product dimensions:
7.13(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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