Zimbabwe: Former President Robert Mugabe Dies at 95

September 06, 2019

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has passed away at the age of 95.

Current president of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed the news through his official Twitter account: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former president, [comrade] Robert Mugabe”.

The former liberation fighter’s regular medical visits to Singapore sparked persistent rumours of his ailing condition.

Many of Mugabe’s praise singers considered him a pan-Africanist who did much to liberate the people of the former British colony previously known as “Rhodesia”.

During his 37-year rule, the southern african nation endured declining economic growth to the point of hyper–inflation, shortages of basic foodstuffs, and rampant corruption within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Critics have previously commented that the country went from being the “breadbasket to the basketcase of Africa”.

Mugabe was deposed during a bloodless military coup at the end of 2017, and was replaced by the 76-year-old Mnangagwa in the following year’s general elections.