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Robert Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe dies

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95 as revealed by close family members.

Robert Mugabe who has been unwell for some time now was admitted in Singapore since April where he was receiving treatment.

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His tenure as President ended in 2017 when he was ousted following a successful coup before being replaced by Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa.

How Robert Mugabe came into power

The late Mugabe began his early political life after scooping the countries Prime Minister position in 1980.

He then became president in 1987 after abolishing the Prime Minister office and since then he has been known as the President.

Mugabe’s date of birth

Mugabe was born on February 21st, 1924 before he trained as a teacher during a time when the country was referred to as Rhodesia.

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In 1964 he was imprisoned for criticizing the then government before he was chosen as the leader of the country’s ruling party ZANU.

Upon his release, he took asylum in Mozambique where he attacked the then Rhodesia government before scooping the post-independence in 1980.

In 1996 he married the love of his life Grace Marufu before losing referendum in the year 2000, a year when the country witnessed attacks targeting the opposition.

His regime became questionable following complains of corruption and human rights abuse.

In 2017 he appoints his wife Grace Marufu to succeed the now President Mnangagwa who he had ousted as Vice President.

Mr. Mnangagwa has mourned the former President terming him as an icon of liberation and a pan-Africanist.

He continued by saying that he dedicated his life to empowering his people and that his contribution to the country will never be forgotten.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.


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