• 1924: Born
  • Trained as a teacher
  • Worked in Ghana where he met his first wife Sally Hafron
Robert Mugabe and Sally Mugabe in 1982

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Robert Mugabe’s first wife was Ghanaian Sally Hayfron – they were married from 1961 until her death in 1992
  • 1964: Imprisoned by Rhodesian government
  • 1980: Wins post-independence elections
  • 1996: Marries Grace Marufu
  • 2000: Loses referendum on presidential powers and white-owned land
  • 2008: Comes second in first round of elections to Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader who pulls out of run-off amid attacks on his supporters
  • 2009: Amid economic collapse, swears in Tsvangirai as prime minister
  • 2016: Bond notes introduced as cash shortage worsens
  • 2017: Sacks long-time ally Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa