Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95 in a hospital in Singapore, according to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” tweeted Mnangagwa on Friday.
“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.”
Mugabe was a strong Pan African, who defined Zimbabwean politics in the three five decades and played his part in the shaping of the nation for the Zimbabwean people,
A founding father of Zimbabwe, he was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017.
He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980, suceeding in wrestling power of White minority and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017.
Mugabe led the struggle for the independence of Zimbabwe — then known as Rhodesia.
As a revolutionary guerrilla leader, he fought white-minority rule and spent years in jail as a political prisoner.
After 10 years in prison, he earned university degrees in education, economics and law from the University of London.
Mugabe shaped a country with the best education system in sub-Saharan Africa and an economy that was the envy of other African nations.
But all that got destroyed after the West imposed suffocating sanctions on Zimbabwe after Mugabe`s controversial land reform in early 2000.
Zimbabweans suffered, as Mugabe clung on to power, against the wish of western powers.
But the people kept electing him – a man the majority of black Zimbabweans saw and still see as the son of a peasant who fought to free his people from a very oppressive white rule.