he founding president died on Friday, September 6, in Singapore where he has been receiving treatment since April 2019.

While announcing the passing on of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s current President Emmerson Mnangawa eulogised his predecessor as an icon of liberation and a pan African who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” said Mnangawa in a Twitter post. 

Mugabe was born in February 21, 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.

He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), of which he was a founding member.

He won Zimbabwe’s first election after independence, becoming prime minister in 1980. He abolished the office in 1987, becoming president instead.

Mugabe’s early years were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority.

However, his controversial land reform programme sparked an economic collapse and his latter years were marked by rights abuses and corruption.

Mugabe was ousted in a military coup in November 2017 after ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years.

The ousting was led by the current president who was then Mugabe’s Cabinet member.

Mnangawa was inaugurated in August 2018. 

Source: Tuko

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