Category: Politics

Ian Smith becomes prime minister of Southern Rhodesia

On this day in 1964, Ian Douglas Smith became the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) succeeding Winston Field.

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The then British Foreign Secretary condemns the government of Zimbabwe over the Land Distribution program

On this day in 2000, Robin Cook, Britain’s Foreign secretary condemned the government of Zimbabwe for its Land Re-distribution Program.

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Gospel Artist Charles Charamba was born.

On this day in 1971, gospel musician and religious leader Charles Charamba was born in Mudzi district, Zimbabwe. Charles Charamba joined AFM in 1988 and attended Living Waters Theology Seminary and obtained a Diploma in Theology, a National certificate in Music from Zimbabwe Music Academy and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnomusicology from Africa […]

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Mugabe was sworn in for the third term as president of Zimbabwe

On this day in 2002, Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president of Zimbabwe for the third term by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku at the state house in Harare.

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ZIPRA and ANC rebels joined forces to fight the Rhodesian army

On this day in 1968, Zimababwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) and South Africa’s African National Army (ANC) rebels joined forces and fought the Rhodesian Army at Sipolilo (now Guruve) district in Rhodesia. The battle resulted in 86 deaths.

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General elections were held in Zimbabwe 1990

On this day in 1990, the first elections to be contested under the amended constitution of 1987 were held, they were also the first election done on a single roll for both blacks and whites. Robert Mugabe won against Edgar Tekere of Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM).

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Voting ends in the 2002 presidential elections in Zimbabwe

On this day in 2002, presidential elections organized for three days in Zimbabwe came to an end. Robert Mugabe won 56% of the votes followed by Tsvangirai with 42% votes.

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Voting begins in the 2002 presidential elections in Zimbabwe

On this day in 2002, presidential elections in Zimbabwe organized for three days began. The elections were contested by five political parties with ZANU-PF led by Robert Mugabe and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai as the major parties.

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Voting ends in the 1996 presidential elections in Zimbabwe

On this day in 1996, presidential elections in Zimbabwe organised for two for days came to an end, with Abel Muzorewa and Ndabaningi Sithole losing to Mugabe who claimed over 90% of the votes.

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Voting begins in the 1996 presidential elections in Zimbabwe

On this day in 1996, presidential elections in Zimbabwe organized for two days began. The elections were contested by the incumbent Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF, Abel Muzorewa of United Parties and Ndabaningi Sithole of ZANU-Ndonga.

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Tsvangirai arrested on his way to a prayer rally

On this day in 2007, MDC party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other officials including his driver Nhamo Musekiwa were arrested on their way to a prayer rally organized by churches in Highfield Harare. A number of MDC supporters were also arrested and activist Gift Tandare was gunned down in a protest.

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Mugabe wins first historic vote to become Zimbabwe’s first black prime minister

On this day in 1980, Robert Mugabe was declared prime minister of Zimbabwe after his ZANU (PF) party won 57 seats out of 80 seats in the general elections held to elect a government which would lead the country after being granted independence. In his speech, Mugabe mentioned that he will negotiate for a coalition […]

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Mozambique closed its border with Rhodesia

On this day in 1976, Mozambique closed its border with Rhodesia and cut all its rail and communication links. Mozambique also took over all Rhodesian owned property.

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The General Act of the Berlin Conference was signed

On this day in 1885, the Berlin Conference organized by Otto Von Bismarck of Germany in November 1884 came to an end. The conference was attended by European countries to discuss the partitioning of Africa. The Conference ended by the signing of the General Act which allowed European countries to claim any territory in Africa.

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ZIPRA members were arrested

On this day in 1982, senior Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) members including Dumiso Dabengwa and Lookout Masuku were arrested and charged with treason.

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