from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare
HARARE – FORMER Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (95), who led the struggle for his country’s independence died on Friday.
Mugabe, who is survived by wife Grace and three children Bona, Chatunga Bellarmine and Robert Peter Mugabe Jr died in foreign land – Singapore where he was receiving treatment.
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa broke the news of Mugabe’s demise on Twitter while in Cape Town, South Africa at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
“It is with utmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa said as he left WEF in a hurry.
He said Zimbabwe had lost an icon of liberation and Pan Africanist.
“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,” Mnangagwa said.
Mugabe was one of the most polarising figures in African continent and beyond yet he remained a giant of African liberation.
Mugabe was removed from power in 2019 by military after 37 years of rule.
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