The former Zimbabwean leader died in Singapore.
Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s founding post-independence leader former President Robert Mugabe has passed away on Friday morning in Singapore.
He was 95 years old.
The former president had been battling poor health for some time
It was announced by the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa two weeks ago that doctors in Singapore who had been treating him there since April had discontinued his treatment.
Mnangagwa shared the news of Mugabe’s death on Twitter.
It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe (1/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
“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.”
Mnangagwa is currently attending the World Economic Forum in Cape Town and will travel back to Zimbabwe.
Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s first democratically elected president in 1980, and was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017.