President Robert Mugabe, the former President of Zimbabwe, passed away at the age of 95 in a Singaporean hospital on Thursday, during his treatment for an unknown illness.
Mugabe was known for leaving Zimbabwe in a dire state of corruption and mismanagement. He was toppled from power in 2017, two years ago, and his death was confirmed by current President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He said, “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten.”
Mugabe was admitted to the hospital in early April after becoming extremely frail. He died in a Singaporean hospital while getting treatment. His wife Gracie was by his side.
He came to power in 1980 after Zimbabwe’s decolonization from Britain. The former President said his “contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten”. He also said Zimbabwe is an “icon of liberation”.
Some of the last pictures of Mugabe are from Singapore, where he was receiving treatment. His son Robert Jr. shared the photos of him looking frail and weak. He has been collecting his father’s memoirs since Mugabe’s ousting from power.
The South African government refers to Mugabe as a “fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter’ and offered condolences ‘to the people of Zimbabwe”.
The military intervened to finaly oust the former President in 2017. In 2018, he came out in support of the opposition rather than his own former ZANU-PF party.
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