Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday Septemeber 6.
The President made this revelation via his micro-blogging website, Twitter.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe “was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people,” he said.
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 (2/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
The 95-year-old had reportedly received medical care in a Singapore hospital for an undisclosed ailment earlier this year.
Mnangagwa confirmed last month that Mugabe had been hospitalised in Singapore since May.
At the time, Mnangagwa said the former leader was responding well to treatment.
It was announced in November last year that Mugabe was unable to walk because of ill health and old age.
Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.