Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe has passed away
Former Zimbabwean ruler Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla president who took power when the nation shook off white minority rule and managed for decades while economic turbulence and human rights violations disintegrated its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95.
Mugabe relished great support among the population and even the West soon after taking over as P.M and Zimbabwe’s first post-colonial administration.
But he was denounced in later years as the administration dropped and human rights infringements raised. His often coercive takeover of farms from whites who controlled huge tracts of land made him a despised figure in the West and a star in Africa.
His heir, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared Mugabe’s death in a tweet on Friday, sobbing him as an “icon of liberation”.
Singapore’s external ministry later told he sank on Friday at the Gleneagles Hospital there, saying it was operating with Zimbabwe on arrangements for Mugabe’s remains to be flown homeward. PM Mugabe had undergone medical therapy at the hospital in recent years.
Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in Zvimba, 60km west of the city of Harare.
India sympathized the death of Mugabe, summoning him as a “true friend” and “an icon of liberation”. The bureau of external affairs, in a statement, expressed Mugabe as a “true friend” of India and announced it was with a big sadness that it received of his demise.
Zimbabwe’s president stated Mugabe a “national hero” on Friday, continuing that the nation would miss the previous leader until his funeral. “(Ruling party) Zanu-PF has met and accorded him the national hero status that he richly deserved,” Mnangagwa declared.