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HARARE, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is turning 93 on Tuesday and is still going strong.

In 2018, his country will go to the polls and he is the ruling ZANU-PF party's sole presidential candidate and by then he will be 94 years old. If he wins, it will be Mugabe's last term as president of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe signed a new Constitution into law in May 2012 which limits presidential term to two. He is the only ruler the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980.

Born in 1924 in Kutama in Mashonaland West Province, his political career came to prominence in 1960 with the formation of the National Democratic Party. A teacher, Mugabe was jailed in 1964 for 10 years for fighting white minority rule.

After his release he went into exile in Mozambique, teamed up with Joshua Nkomo and formed the Patriotic Front. The turning point in the seven-year war came when Mugabe and Nkomo agreed to attend talks convened by the British government.

This led to the Lancaster House Agreement which oversaw the transition to majority rule. After his election in 1980, Mugabe offered forgiveness and reconciliation.

Soon thereafter, he had a fall-out with Joshua Nkomo and in 1983 Mugabe crushed a rebellion by ex-ZAPU guerrillas in Matabeleland Province. Government forces were accused of killing thousands of civilians.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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