Form president of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is dead. Mugabe was Zimbabwean's revolutionary President and politician who served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.
Form president of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is dead. Mugabe was Zimbabwean's revolutionary President and politician who served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.

Form president of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is dead. Mugabe was Zimbabwean’s revolutionary President and politician who served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.

Mugabe died at the age of 95, the country’s president announced on Friday, September 6, 2019 via twitter:

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe,” Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a tweet.

“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 who first heralded as a liberator, got rid of the former British colony of Rhodesia white minority rule, Mugabe used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe since 1980 until he was finally ousted by his previously loyal military generals in 2017.

Mugabe had been battling ill health, and his humiliating fall from office in November 2017, his stamina seeped away rapidly. He was hospitalized in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment, Mnangagwa had confirmed earlier this year.

No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death, or where he died.

The Mugabe years are widely remembered for his crushing of political dissent, and policies that ruined the economy.

The former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader came to power in1980 elections after a growing insurgency and economic sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.

In-office, he initially won international plaudits for his declared policy of racial reconciliation and for extending improved education and health services to the black majority.

 

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