Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Gabriel Mugabe dies at 95.
According to reliable reports, the news was confirmed by two sources. He died in a hospital in Singapore on Friday morning.
The Mirror has also reported that Human Rights Watch Southern African director Dewa Mavhinga revealed credible family sources said the former leader had died.
BBC News also confirmed Mugabe’s death. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mugabe was hospitalized in April 2019, making the last of several trips to Singapore for medical treatment, as he had done late in his presidency and in the months following its end.
Mugabe served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017. In 2017, he was forcefully removed from power by the military after leading the country for decades.
Tributes started pouring in on Friday morning.
Fadzayi Mahere, Zimbabwe’s Education, Sport, Art and Culture Secretary, tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe. My response to your passing is complicated. I’m going to write a long piece. However, for now, deepest condolences to his family.”
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has also confirmed the news on Twitter:
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe (1/2)”
“Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace 2/2” President Mnangagwa adds in another tweet.
Mugabe who was born on February 21, 1924, leaves behind his wife Grace Mugabe and two sons.
May his Soul in Peace!