Posted by GRANDNEWS | 6 September 2019 | 348 times
Robert Mugabe, the first post-independent leader of Zimbabwe, is dead. He died at age 95, the BBC has reported.
His death came after battling ill health, the BBC quoted a family source. Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April.
He was overthrown in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade iron grip on power.
He won Zimbabwe’s first election after independence, becoming prime minister in 1980. He abolished the office in 1987, becoming president instead.
Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.”
Mr Mugabe was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.
He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.
In 1973, while still in prison, Mugabe was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.
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