Mugabe announces the merging of ZANU and ZAPU



Saturday, 23 April 1977

Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) leader, Robert Mugabe announced that Rhodesia's political organisations, ZANU and ZAPU (the Zimbabwe African People's Union), are to be merged under one command after the political affiliation of the two groups in the Patriotic Front. The merged Patriotic Front helped Mugabe defeat the colonial government of Ian Smith in 1980. Since then Mugabe has been in power for nearly 25 years.

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Last updated : 23-Apr-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011