Ex-Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Friday September 6 2019

This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows

This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attending a meeting with the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in Harare. AFP PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA 

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First Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95.

He had been hospitalised in Singapore where he had been receiving treatment since April.

Announcing his death, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa eulogised him as an icon of liberation and a pan-Africanist.

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President Robert Mugabe. He was plotting to have his wife Grace take over from him. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | AFP

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde (comrade) Robert Mugabe," Mr Mnangagwa said in a statement on Twitter.

"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."


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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks to supporters at an election rally in Bindura on March 27, 2008. FILE PHOTO | MIKE HUTCHINGS |R EUTERS

Mugabe was ousted in a military coup in November 2017 after ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife Grace Mugabe, 54, and four children - a daughter and three sons.

Bona Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace with their first-born child and only daughter Bona Mugabe pose for a photo after the convocation at MDIS-University of Wales graduation ceremony in Singapore on November 16, 2013. FILE PHOTO | ROSLAN RAHMAN | AFP