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Friday, September 06, 2019

Robert Mugabe Is Dead

Multiple sources are reporting that Zimbabwe’s founder leader and former president, Robert Mugabe is dead, aged 95.
ZimLive reports that two sources in touch with the family confirmed the news on Friday.
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Mugabe had been sick for a while, and doctors had discontinued treatment, according to the country’s current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The former president, who was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, has been in undergoing treatment in Singapore since April.
Mugabe, ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, was being treated in Singapore since April.
 It was confirmed today Mugabe died while in Singapore with his family, including wife Grace, by his side.
He had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness since November last year that left him unable to walk.
And as news of his death broke across the world, mixed tributes flowed for the man once feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation.
Despite leading Zimbabwe to independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe's brutal, power-hungry leadership saw him regarded by many as a tyrant, willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of power.
Under his rule of nearly four decades, Zimbabwe suffered economic ruin with runaway inflation, mass unemployment and fuel shortages.

EVICTIONS AND FAMINE

In 2000, he led a campaign to evict white farmers from their land, which was given to black Zimbabweans, and led to famine.
His leadership — that saw him rule like a medieval king who rewarded his favourites but punished threats — saw the nation of almost 13 million people considered a pariah on the international stage.
But while his country languished, the Mugabe family became known for displaying their lavish lifestyle on social media.
Mugabe, who had been the world's oldest head of state at 93, was ultimately ousted from power after a military coup in 2017.
Thousands took to the streets in celebration.
After resigning, Mugabe was placed under house arrest with fears he would allow his deeply unpopular wife Grace to "usurp constitutional power".
Before his death, it is understood he had made frequent visits to Singapore for medical care — as Zimbabwe's own public health system crumbled due to his government's lack of investment.


 Mugabe was pictured here with his son Robert in June, appearing frail with a white beard in a wheelchair
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Mugabe was pictured here with his son Robert in June, appearing frail with a white beard in a wheelchairCredit: Instagram(@gxshxngo)
 Princess Diana met Mugabe in 1993
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Princess Diana met Mugabe in 1993Credit: Reuters

Confirming the news of Mugabe's death this morning, his successor President Mnangagwa shared a tone-deaf tweet, writing: "It is with the 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."
The African National Congress also remembered Mugabe as a "friend, statesman and revolutionary".
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said it was a "moment of sorrow".
He said: "Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the African continent.

  • "Indeed, we will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular."

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