Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe is dead. He died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 95, after battling a long term illness in Singapore.
The news of his death was announced in the early hours of Friday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa via his twitter handle.
He stated that:
“Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95. It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, CDE 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. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
The news of Robert Mugabe’s death has sent the internet wide as many reacts on his death, reflecting on his complex controversial legacy as a liberator and an authoritarian.
He served as a Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 – 1987 and then President from 1987 – 2017 and also chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union group from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front, from 1980 to 2017.
Though the cause of death is yet to be established, the nonagenarian was featured in recent pictures not looking his brooding self and had signs of old age having taken its toll on him.
Earlier this year reports were made that Mugabe had flown to Singapore to receive medical attention, though in recent years that was not something peculiar as he’d fly to Eastern Asia on a regular basis.