top of page Skip to main content
Ekstrom Library

Government Resources: International Information: Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE

About Zimbabwe

The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. Ignoring international condemnation, MUGABE rigged the 2002 presidential election to ensure his reelection. Source: The World Factbook

Zimbabwe: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Zimbabwe: Environment, Climate, Geology, Energy, Animals and Natural Disasters

Zimbabwe: Government, Elections and Politics

Zimbabwe: International Relations, Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

Zimbabwe: Judicial System, Courts and Law

Zimbabwe: Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Corrections and Crime

Discover. Create. Succeed.