Robert Mugabe, the former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, has reportedly died at the age of 95.
According to an official tweet from current president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe died earlier this week.
“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,” the president added.
Mnangagwa subsequently shortened his trip to South Africa, where he was supposed to attend the World Economic
Forum on Africa. State media confirmed that the president will be returning to his home nation soon.
Mugabe has been battling some health issues for a while. Earlier this year, he was confirmed to have been hospitalized in Singapore for an undisclosed ailment. Officials often claimed that he had a cataract, although some quarters suspected that he struggled with prostate cancer.
The circumstances of his death haven’t been revealed as at now.
Born in 1924, Mugabe worked his way through the military ranks, and he swept into power in the 1980 general elections after leading the country out of the control of a white minority military government.
He eventually lost power amid scandals and a nationwide uproar in November 2017.
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