The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe – REUTERS / PHILIMON BULAWAYO – Archive
Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe has died this Friday at 95 years of age, after suffering a long illness, as reported by the British public television network BBC citing his family.
Mugabe, who ruled the country for almost four decades since the independence of the United Kingdom in 1980, was forced to resign in November 2017 by a military coup d'etat that brought Emmerson Mnangagwa to power.
The former leader has been hospitalized for long periods of time in Singapore. For years there has been speculation about the possibility of suffering from prostate cancer, although this has never been confirmed.
A source with direct knowledge of the ex-president's health status has told Reuters that Mugabe has died in Singapore, where he has been hospitalized several times.
The current president has confirmed Mugabe's death and has expressed that it is a “great sadness to have to announce the death of one of Zimbabwe's founding fathers and former president of the country.”
Mnangagwa has highlighted on his Twitter account that Mugabe “was an icon of liberation, a Pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people.” “Your contribution to the history of our country and continent will never be forgotten. May your soul rest in peace,” he said. In November, the president of Zimbabwe said that Mugabe could no longer walk when he was admitted to a hospital in Singapore, without detailing what treatment he has undergone.
For her part, the Minister of Education, Fadzayi Mahere, has lamented his death and wished him in turn “to rest in peace.” Mugabe resigned from his position in November 2017, which ended 37 years of Presidency that began with the promise of colonial liberation from ancient Rhodesia and turned into constant conflicts that have made the country's stability impossible.
His activity of revolutionary struggle for the liberation of Rhodesia took him in 1964 to prison accused of terrorism. He remained ten years behind bars, during which he studied law.