Today is a sad one for Zimbabwe and Africa at large as we lost an iconic figure in the continent’s history. Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is dead.
Mugabe was receiving treatment in a hospital located in Singapore since April before his death. The nature of his illness is yet to be made public.
Robert was a nationalist, socialist, revolutionary and politician who later turned to an authoritarian leader. He worked as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 before being elected as President. He served as president from 1987 to 2017. Mugabe was later ousted by a military coup after the people got tired of his 37 years of reign.
Robert Mugabe player an important role in Zimbabwean independence and will forever be remembered in the county’s history. Even though, he received a lot of critics due to his long tenure on the office.
His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa took to Twitter to express his sadness. Emmerson tweeted “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe. 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.”
Emmerson Mnangagwa served as the deputy/vice president under Robert Mugabe from December 12, 2014, to November 6, 2017.