Zimbabwe's ruler since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe’s refusal to be co-opted and corrupted by Western exploiters as happened in many other former colonies is one of his more admirable traits.
The African Mission said there were ‘incidents during the voting process which could have been avoided’ but that these would not have altered the outcome of the poll.
While the Zimbabwe economy is growing, povery remains high. Close to 72 pecent of the population lives below the poverty line. President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party is promoting the concept of indigenization to change that. Under the law, international subsidiaries of foreign companies have to transfer at least 51 percent of their shares to black Zimbabweans.