Former Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, Dies At 95

The ex-political leader resigned in 2017 after a violent, turbulent 37-year rule.

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| September 06 2019,

3:46 pm

Zimbabwe's former president, Robert Mugabe, died on Friday at 95 years old, according to CNN

Mugabe rose to power in 1980 and ruled for 37 years, which many deemed as divisive and turbulent. Mugabe, the former prime minister, had to be forced to resign as president in November 2017. 

His death comes after Mugabe was under observation in a Singapore hospital earlier this year. Details surrounding his health were not revealed.  

His successor, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced his death on Twitter while describing him as “an icon of liberation.”

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe," Mnangagwa wrote. 

“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,” the message continued. 

Among the issues that led to the country's economic ruin was Mugabe's redistribution of land from nearly all of the country's white-owned land to about 300,000 Black farmers. The economy began collapsing after the agricultural revolution that also led to food shortages. 

Mugabe was also regarded as a volatile leader by some.

"He was always committed to violence, going all the way back to the 1960s...he was no Martin Luther King," Zimbabwean Senator David Coltart told the BBC World Service. "He never changed in that regard."

He then added that there was still a great amount of reverence for the late politician.

"We must never forget that he was the person primarily responsible for ending oppressive white minority rule."

Mugabe's death has sparked swift reaction across social media with several users reflecting on his reign. Among them is Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean activist and senior pastor, who spoke out about Mugabe to Time

"I cannot be silent about Robert Mugabe's crimes, because silence was the hallmark of his leadership," Mawarire wrote.

He also shared his sentiments on Twitter. 

During a speech in 2016, the longtime dictator of independent Zimbabwe, infamously claimed he couldn’t be moved from office “until God says, ‘come,” according to The New York Times.


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