Former and longest serving president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95.
The country’s president Emmerson Mnangangwa made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning.
“It is with 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,” reads the posts.
Mugabe died at a Singapore hospital where he had been receiving medical attention since April.
He is celebrated as the co-founder of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in 1963 and an African liberation champion who led Zimbabwe to independence from British colony to the new Zimbabwe in the early 80’s.
He was also much appreciated for returning white owned land to his fellow black citizens.
However, in his years of serving the country, Mugabe was denounced to being a ruthless tyrant and a power-hungry leader who wanted him and his family to continue leading the country.
Ha was forced to resign from presidency by a military coup in November 2017 and succeeded by the now president Mnangangwa who had been fired as a vice-president, an event which was followed by celebrations across the continent.