By: Stanley Animals
Zimbabwe former President, Robert Mugabe, has been announced dead after battling with serious illness.
The death of the former president was announced by the current president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday morning.
President Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017, died at the age of 95 according to the death announcement.
According to 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 also said Mugabe’s contribution to the history of Zimbabwe and the continent will never be forgotten.
Speaking on the public announcement, president Emmerson said, Mugabe had been battling ill health which led to his humiliating fall from office in November 2017 adding that his stamina had seeped away rapidly.
He also revealed that the former president was hospitalised in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment.
Recall that The former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader, who swept into power in the 1980 elections after a growing insurgency and economic sanctions which forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.
While In office, he won international plaudits for his declared policy of racial reconciliation and for extending improved education and health services to the black majority.
Also, The violent seizure of white-owned farms, turned Mugabe into an international pariah — though his status as a liberation hero still resonates strongly in most of African countries.
All along, the Mugabe regime was widely accused of human rights violations and of rigging elections.
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