Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Robert Mugabe, ex-leader of Zimbabwe, dead at 95

Robert Mugabe, ex-leader of Zimbabwe, dead at 95

Mugabe (95) passed away in Singapore on Friday morning where he had been seeking treatment.

His contribution to the history of Zimbabwe and the continent will never be forgotten, he added.

His successor, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, expressed his "utmost sadness", calling Mr Mugabe "Zimbabwe's founding father" and "an icon of liberation".

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for more than three decades, was ousted from power in a military coup in 2017.

Almost four decades later, many at home and overseas denounced him as a power-obsessed autocrat willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of control.

Several people took to social media to remember the former Zimbabwean President.

Mugabe became president of Zimbabwe after British rule ended there.

Born on February 21, 1924, on a Roman Catholic mission near Harare, Mugabe was educated by Jesuit priests and worked as a primary school teacher before going to South Africa's University of Fort Hare, then a breeding ground for African nationalism.

Mugabe was jailed for 10 years in 1964 for anti-government comments and on release in 1974 joined and later led the victorious guerrilla war conducted from Mozambique against Smith's breakaway regime.

In 2000 he led a campaign to evict white farmers from their land, which was given to black Zimbabweans, and led to starvation.

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said the at the time that the resignation of Mugabe "marks an historic moment" for the country and congratulated all Zimbabweans who raised their voices.

But in November 2017, an impeachment process against him was started by the country's parliament, which is the only legit way to ouster a leader from their power.

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