Ex-Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe dies at 95

World | 6 Sep 2019 1:13 pm

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95.

He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC.

Mugabe died in Singapore, where he has often received medical treatment in recent years, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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

Zimbabwe's education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: "Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe."

He was born on 21 February 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.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the country's president, said 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," Mnangagwa said.

 

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