Zimbabwe’s revolutionary leader and long-time dictator Robert Mugabe passed away in Singapore on Friday, said President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a statement. He was 95 years old.
Mugabe served the country as Prime Minister for the longest period from 1980 to 1987. He was dethroned in a military coup in November 2017.
Earlier in April this year, the ninety-five year-old was hospitalized in Singapore due to prolonged health issues. He breathed his last in the same hospital last night.
Taking to Twitter, the incumbent President Mnangagwa wrote that he is utterly taken aback by the demise of the country’s founding father who has been an inspiration to generations of Zimbabwe.
“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,” he added.
The former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader stormed to power in the 1980 elections after a mounting rebellion and economic sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.
Mugabe – who notoriously said that “only God” could ever remove him from office – was removed from power by then vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa to make way for his wife, Grace. The proposal to impeach the strongman was drafted by Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), which had earlier expelled Mugabe from the party – the same party that Mugabe led from the forefront close to four decades.
(With inputs from ANI)