The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the demise of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, a founding father of Zimbabwe who fought for the liberty of African countries.
Mugabe, 95, died in Singapore, where he received medical care for months as his health condition deteriorated.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,”
A post on Emmerson Mnangagwa’s official Twitter account early Friday said.
Mnangagwa called Mugabe as;
“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.”
In November, Emmerson Mnangagwa said that Mugabe was no longer able to walk on his feet when he was admitted to a hospital in Singapore. However, he didn’t give details on the type of treatment which Mugabe had received in the hospital.
Some officials who pleaded for anonymity said that he was being treated for a cataract, therefore denying the rumours that he had prostate cancer.
The Zimbabwean Minister of Information, Monica Mutsvangwa, confirmed Mugabe’s death, saying:
“Yes it is really saddening. Some of us were like his children to him. We can never write our history without mentioning him.”
The former president, whose long rule in Zimbabwe descended into tyranny, corruption and incompetence, was in power for close to four decades before being ousted in a military takeover in November 2017.
He was initially loved and regarded as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.