Mugabe named amongst 100 most influential Africans

By Staff Writer

President Robert Mugabe regarded as one of Africa's most influential leaders.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been named among the 100 most influential Africans of all time. The much-maligned leader who has and continues to be a figure of hatred in most Western countries for his stand on land ownership and the grabbing of land from white Zimbabwean farmers, was named alongside former South African President Nelson Mandela who still carries weight as Africa’s elder statesman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 97 other Africans that were declared to be the top 100 Most Influential Africans in the June issue of New African magazine.

The compilation, in no particular order, featured “top influencers, opinion-shapers, doers, agitators, ground breakers and myth busters who are shaping the face Africa” and were broken down into categories, namely by sector, that include Business and Finance, Music, Science and Technology, Media, and Authors and Poets.

Mr Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron hand since its independence in 1980, was stated to “continue to mesmerise the world as well as vex his opponents with his ability to hold on to power” and recognised as a popular subject of discussion on Africa’s political and economic future “as people consider what there is to be learnt, or not learnt from his example”.

Born in 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was educated in missionary schools and received the first of his seven degrees from South Africa’s Fort Hare University. Returning to Rhodesia in 1960 he joined Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) but left three years later to form the rival Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu).

Jailed without trial for 10 years he left Rhodesia for neighbouring Mozambique in 1974 and led the largest of the guerrilla forces fighting a protracted and bloody war against the Smith government. After months of negotiations the 1979 Lancaster House agreement set the seal on a Rhodesian peace deal and Mr Mugabe returned home to a rapturous welcome from black supporters. He initially built a coalition government with Mr Nkomo, whose ZAPU forces had also fought the Smith government, but the discovery of a large arms cache at ZAPU-owned houses led to Mr Nkomo’s dismissal from government.

9 thoughts on “Mugabe named amongst 100 most influential Africans

  • June 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Dear Editor,
    I welcome the Article on President Mugabe. I am one of those who has stood firm on defence of Mugabe for the last 11 years in the case of international isolation from Britain and the USA. President Mugabe was the first president in Africa to embrace reconciliation and restorative justice on the continent when he gave an olive branch to the former Butcher of Salisbury (Harare) Ian Smith. Despite all the atrocities that Ian Smith meted out on Africans during the time of Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in Rhosesia(now Zimbabwe), Mugabe gave security to his former tormentor. There are those in the world who have forgotten so easily on Zimbabwe and are now at the forefront of branding Mugabe a bad man.

    Mugabe helped the Liberation of South Africa. President Mugabe still remains the symbol of Unity of Zimbabwe and will always be the symbol of African liberation. So naming him as one of the most influential person in Africa is the correct prize he deserves. I support the Article and I support New Africa Magazine and my brother Baffour Ankomah for the task he has taken. This week Africa world Media will release a report on Zimbabwe GNU (Government of National Unity) which will show how sanctions has helped to dilute the powers of the GNU government.
    Watch this space.
    Thanks Editor.

    • June 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      It is only right that any newspaper that is unbiased refrains from stopping the views of anybody regardless of whether they served or are still serving in President Museveni’s government. There are many today who, after serving Gen Museveni found they were heading in a wrong direction and made a u-turn to correct their mistakes. There also those who, after opposing Museveni for a long time, realised, in their view,that he was the right man for the country. All these ought to have a chance to put their case to Ugandans and The London Evening Post cannot stand in their way.

  • July 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    This guy is a murderer who steals from the white farmers and kills them. He is empty of soul and even less in morals. I wonder what kind of children does the Devil spown..

  • August 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Dear Editor
    Human being are constructed to hold/express opinion i.e. offensive or non offensive. (softer options). When, however faced with hard options i.e. events, observations etc, taste takes the better of them i.e. positives and negatives appear. At this stage, the truth is left to the hyena to chew on it. The hyena metaphor is an experience of the or in the Afrika habitat that ‘nose’ before ‘seeing’ hyena chewing bones well aware that it trusts its a..e.
    Those who praise or criticise Comrade Mugabe, at their starting point, the truth has been dispensed with, at best or worse buried deep in the sea – Osama comes to mind! Both proponent and opponents of Mugabe are beneficiaries of the same interested party – who want the truth buried in the Victoria Falls.
    Victoria Falls agreement. All god-blessed and god-fearing people looked at each other in the blue of their eyes agreed that they could not bear the thought of godly retribution if they fail both the landed white and the landless black. Well Jesuit/Socialist Comrade Mugabe had nothing to fear, back-to-back-selling the holly agreement to the landless black, landed white, Zipra/Zapu and Zanla/Zanu, and anybody who cared to hear about it.
    Intended consequence of the Victoria Fall.
    1. Plan A: A Zim-Couldron had been constructed by the experienced hand in that artwork i.e. Kissinger/Carrington. Their anticipation might have been that Jesuit/Socialist Gabriel Mugabe would burn out, and the Kissingerian daft hand would reveal itself as the saviour of the god-blessed landed white. I suspect, behind this design Azania and its aftermaths was in mind. Well Jesuit/Socialist Gabriel Mugabe was thrown in, while god-fearing partners waited in hope the Victoria Falls product would be browned off and ready to be eaten for breakfast. Well it came out even buulllaacckkeerr – this was not good. The veto of judging what was good or not good was taken out of the Victoria Fall agreement and implemented outside it.
    2. Plan B. The god-fearing partners constructed a Mugabe-copy that was expected to survive the Zim-Couldron but come out more palatable, failed the test – Zipra/Zanla fight off. The landed white trusting their a..e chewed it.
    3. Plan C. Well, yet another was copied and constructed with guarantees that it will be ready for lunch – MDC comes to mind. The landed white trusting their a..e chewed it.
    4. Plan D……. Landed white still trust their a..e
    5. Plan E……. Landed white still trust their a..e
    6. Plan F. ……..uuhhmmm !! Watch this space
    Unintended consequences.
    1. While inside the Zim-couldron, Jesuit/Socialist Mugabe, released the safety valve allowing the landless black and landed white to enter into a direct negotiation, by passing the Victoria Falls agreement. As it were, the agreement did not prohibit a direct white/black negotiation, by the methods and means available to both parties i.e. may the best persons win!
    2. All fair and foul means to oust Mugabe has bitten the dust. As it were it is easy to claim ‘I played a part in Hitler’s’ Downfall’ even if the Furher died in unexplained circumstances. There is an orderly queue to claim victory either way i.e. ‘the bit part players in the longevity of Comrade Mugabe and those in the shortening of his existence. Both are praying and hoping that their side wins, both are benefiting from the party that is not interested in the ‘brutal truth’.
    3. Afrika is making timid noises i.e. Mugabe is on the list of 100 most influential Afrika people. I urge this jump ‘Return Afrika to its OWNERS’.

    • August 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      I have really struggled to understand what you are on about this time. Hope whoever understood you comes to my aid. Can you kindly avoid using swear words as we want to keep this newspaper as respectable as we possibly can? Thank you. Editor.

  • August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Dear Editor
    I regret that I successfully failed to draw your attention to what happened at Victoria Falls attended to by none other than the eminent Kissinger/Carrington to change Rhodesian Guards by turning Comrade Mugabe into a Farm Manager of Zimbabwe. There remained unplayed aces despite the demise of the eminencies, who did what they had to do to serve an end that they and only they knew and only they trusted would in the end produce results favourable to them – hence the hyena metaphor. To achieve this, Kissinger/Carrington constructed a cauldron to cook Comrade Mugabe et al unfortunately to date the outcome remains inedible.
    Regrettably failed in drawing your attention that low-level debaters/participants/chancers on this key matter impacting on all Afrika, may reveal their hand or may not even know that the powerful do take care of pecuniary needs by fanning debates, fund involvements for or against, as long the starting point does not include delving into the TRUTH. I take this no further.
    The principal person at Victoria Falls was Comrade Mugabe, and essentially, wants to add, a religious Jesuit and socialist. The ingredients and potency of this for a positive outcome was taken advantaged of maximally, fitting in with Kissengerian model of ‘a man we could do business with but cannot trust’. Either way Kissinger and Carrington retained the VETO as to the nature of business and of trust and attendant interpretation because they could. DOING BUSINESS saw the birth of Zimbabwe but TRUST had an extra load bolted on that has led to the destruction of the same. It is inside these two-bits where TRUTH is or has been sacrificed. May be it cannot be examined because it is interred in the Indian Ocean having been thrown into Victoria Falls to be swept away by fast flowing water, buffeted by rapids, smothered by the Mozambique swamps, dumped into the ocean and eaten by sharks.
    Post-Victoria Falls: as a principled and religious animal, Comrade Mugabe had nothing to fear about DOING BUSINESS, even with the enemy, so selling it in good faith to his comrades, witnesses and anyone who cared to listen. At a personal level Comrade Mugabe even sacrificed the memory of his late Ghana-born wife and hurt at the way the British, in pursuit of the priority object to retain white supremacy and control of Afrika land; and a secondary one to break Comrade Mugabe, rather let her life ebb away. More so he patiently waited for more than 14 years ad nauseam, for the partners of the Victoria Falls agreement to honour their DOING BUSINESS bit i.e. pay for the resettlement of the landless black and compensate the landed white. This is on top of another 16 years of Chimurenga to take back OWNERSHIP of their land.
    I raised all of the above because Comrade Mugabe has been repeatedly humiliated by those unto whom he placed TRUST in the DOING BUSINESS bit for the sake of the people of Zimbabwe and; at personal and family level. He is condemned for outfoxing Kissinger/Carrington while inside their constructed cauldron, under heat, by letting the landless black enter into direct negotiation with landed white – for the best person to win. As it were Kissinger and Carrington missed plug this as they were humanly busy implementing plans B and C, respectively the ZIPRA/ZANLA fallout and growing of the Tsangarai’s MDC. To date Comrade Mugabe has weathered it all, and of course rabid adjectives have been hurled to describe the twist and turns of the failures to oust Comrade Mugabe.
    Afrika response by floating Comrade Mugabe in the INFLUENTIAL LIST however well intended is a timid one. A measured, appropriate, commensurate, befitting, time-honoured response should be a call to ‘Return Afrika to its OWNERS’ – the highest and deserving accolade to Comrade Mugabe. This is what Chimurenga was about and that is what the direct negotiation between landless black and landed white is about.

  • August 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

    GREAT REVIEW! I pretty much agree with all your thoughts you said in your post, especially at the beggining of your article. Thank you, your post is very useful as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your great blog:) Isabella S.

  • August 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter? Would love to follow you there, I’m on my iPhone and love reading your stuff!


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