Ex-president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, the first post-independence leader of the country, passed away aged 95 on Friday, September 6. The Zimbabwean leader died in Singapore, where he had received medical treatment for several years, reported Reuters.
While not much information has been revealed about Mugabe's health, officials had rebuffed claims of prostate cancer and maintained that he was being treated for cataract.
President of the African republic Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa confirmed the news on Twitter and wrote: "It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe."
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 was a Zimbabwean revolutionary who served as the country's Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then became the President from 1987 to 2017.
He was ousted in a military coup by his own party members in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign, and was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.