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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe dies

Former political prisoner and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95. Prior to his death Mugabe had frequented Singapore for medical check ups and had been receiving treatment since April 2019. His ailment was never disclosed to the media just as the cause of death is yet to be known.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa broke the news, on twitter, early on Friday morning about the ZANU PF stalwart’s passing. ‘It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former president Cde Robert Mugabe.

Cde 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’ tweeted Mnangagwa.

Before his death Mugabe fell from being celebrated as a struggle icon to being viewed as a power hungry tyrant. He had been in power for 37 years and when a military coup deposed him from office the streets of Zimbabwe were filled joyous people.

He is survived by his wife, Grace, and four children.

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