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Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies at 95

Zimbabwe former President Robert Mugabe on Friday died aged 95)

The Country’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the death in a tweet on his official handle on Friday morning.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe,”  Mnangagwa said in the tweet.

“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.”

Mugabe had been battling ill health, and his humiliating fall from office in November 2017, his stamina seeped away rapidly.

He was hospitalised in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment, Mnangagwa had confirmed earlier this year.

First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony of Rhodesia of white minority rule, Mugabe used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe until he was finally ousted by his previously loyal military generals.

No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death, or where he died.

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