Robert Mugabe has been in charge of Zimbabwe ever since the country was born 37 years ago. The African nationalist supported the fight for freedom from British colonial rule, then was a political prisoner during white minority rule in the 1970s and 80s. After independence was achieved, the prime minister then President implemented social and economic policies – for better or worse. Critics say he’s been a brutal dictator, who rose to power when the country was known as the ‘jewel and bread basket of Africa’ and has left it in economic ruins. His resignation provoked mass celebrations. The world’s oldest head of state finally accepted it was time to go as MPs debated his impeachment. But what difference will the historic events and a new leader make?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Guests: Tino Bere – Human rights advocate.
Chude Jideonwo ) African affairs analyst and author of : ‘How to win elections in Africa’. Heike Schmidt – Associate Professor of modern African history, University of Reading