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

04 March 1980   Zimbabwe  

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 government with Joshua Nkomo leader of the ZAPU (PF) party. 2021. BBC ON THIS DAY | 4 | 1980: Mugabe to lead independent Zimbabwe. [online] Available at:

Pindula. 2021. Robert Mugabe Maiden Speech 4 March 1980 - Pindula. [online] Available at:

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