Credible Family Sources have confirmed that the Former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has died in Singapore at the age of 95.
Mugabe’s health took a nosedive in recent months and reports suggest that he has regularly been seeking medical help in Singapore.
Last Month, Mugabe surprisingly told his family members that he would not want to be buried at the national heroes acre, where most most his liberation colleagues were laid.
Zimbabwe’s current President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has confirmed the news of Mugabe’s death on twitter saying, ” 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.”
Former Minister in Mugabe’s Cabinet Professor Jonathan Moyo has also confirmed the news on twitter.
Robert was known for his hard stance against the British and for embarking on a somewhat tragic land reform programme which later plunged the country into political and economic abyss.
His confrontation with the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair earned him more enemies that friends the world over.
He was a fearless orator who in 2202 told Tony Blair:
“We have fought for our land, we have fought for our sovereignty, small as we are we have won our independence and we are prepared to shed our blood … So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.”
However Mugabe’s popularity waned over the years because of his poor economic policies and dictatorial tendencies leading to his dramatic fall in a clean coup by one of his deputies.
Born on 21 February 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first Prime Minister and later became President.
He was also a qualified teacher.