Zimbabwe’s first post-independent president has passed away, nearly two years after he stepped down from ruling for 37 years.
The former president Robert Mugabe passed on at the age of 95 years, early Friday the 06th of September, 2019.
The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa took to Twitter early this morning and said; “It is with utmost sadness that announces the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former president, Cde Robert Mugabe.”
“His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.” He added.
Mnangagwa had confirmed earlier this year that Mugabe was hospitalised in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment. No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death, or where he died.
Robert Mugabe was forced to step down by the military in November 2017 following nationwide mass protests.
The former leader went into power in the 1980 elections after a growing rebellion and economic sanctions forced the white minority colonial government to the negating table.
The former president of Zimbabwe 21, 1924, into a Catholic family at Kutama Mission northwest of Harare.
Mugabe qualified as a schoolteacher at the young age of 17. The Politician analyst based in Harare, Earnest Mudzengi said; “Many older Zimbabweans will look back in history and will remember him as a revolutionary fighter. They will also remember him for the early years of independence the massive social programs like expansion in the education sector and the building of clinics in rural areas.”
Mugabe appreciated acceptance among peers in Africa who chose not to judge him in the same way as the United Kingdom, the United States, and other Western detractors.
Towards the end of his rule, he served as rotating chairman of the 54-nation African Union and the 15-nation Southern African Development Community; his criticism of the International Criminal Court was welcomed by regional leaders who also thought it was being unfairly used to target African leaders.
Written by: Yanga Manci.