New Delhi: Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died aged 95, the country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on Friday.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa said in a tweet.
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 (2/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
Mugabe died in Singapore, where he has often received medical treatment in recent years, Reuters reported.
The former president was born on 21 February 1924 in what was then Rhodesia – a British colony, run by its white minority.
Mugabe, a former guerrilla chief, led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017. He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017, ending three decades in power.