Breaking: Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died

Robert Mugabe died at the age of 95

He died after battling ill health, a family source informed our journalists.

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president who rose to power as a champion of anti-colonial struggle but during 37 years of authoritarian rule presided over the impoverishment and degradation of one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising countries, has died. He was 95.

Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign.

His death was announced on Twitter  yesterday by Zimbabwe’s current leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.

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. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Mnangagwa wrote.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately made public.

Mugabe, who had displayed physical decline over recent years, had been receiving hospital treatment in Singapore since April, Mnangagwa said earlier this week.

Mugabe was forced to resign as Zimbabwe’s leader days after the army staged a coup in November 2017.

At the time, he was world’s oldest head of state and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.


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