Mugabe's dictatorship in Zimbabwe has survived only because of the
vicious suppression of all internal dissent. At the same time, the
dictator fought in external wars, regardless of the domestic costs.
This revealing book tracks the rise of Mugabe and decodes his
psychology in the context of Zimbabwe's military history. His
leadership of a guerrilla army against white rule explains how
Mugabe continued to rule Zimbabwe as though he were still running
an insurgency. Mugabe used military power - the armed forces,
militias, police and the dreaded Central Intelligence Organization
- to enforce his will against a series of perceived enemies. Along
with inflicting massacres in Matabeleland in the early 1980s,
Mugabe's forces also fought a covert war against apartheid South
Africa. A large army was sent to intervene in the civil war in
Mozambique. After 1998 Zimbabwean troops engaged in the massive
conflict in the Congo, dubbed Africa's First World
War.Domestically, Mugabe crushed all his alleged opponents from the
Ndebele to white farmers, and then the media, judiciary, civic
groups, churches, unions and homosexuals. The book recounts South
African attempts to keep the current government of national unity
alive, despite the growing oppression. It also considers how
Zimbabwe can be saved from its own self-destruction.Mugabe's War
Machine is the first full account of one man's military ambitions.
It contains shocking stories of massacre and murder at home and
powerful accounts of neighbouring wars and international
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