Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe at 90

Kim Chakanetsa looks back over 34 years of Zanu PF rule in her native Zimbabwe, on the 90th birthday of its leader, Robert Mugabe. Some still see him as the great African liberator, who ended white minority rule and became the country's first black president. Others, though, blame him for hyperinflation, violence and falling living standards. How has this controversial figure held on to power for so long?

Presenter: Owen Bennett Jones
Producer: Ben Weisz

Photo: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe cuts his birthday cake with the first family, his children Chatunga Mugabe and Bona Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe during a 21st February Movement celebrations rally held in honor of his 89th birthday at Chipadze stadium in Bindura on March 2, 2013.

Photo credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

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