BREAKING!!! Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe dies at 95 in Singapore

Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017, has died aged 95, the country ’ s president announced Friday .
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 .

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’ s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe, ” Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a 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 .
No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death, or where he died .

The Mugabe years are widely remembered for his crushing of political dissent , and policies that ruined the economy .

The former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader swept to power in the 1980 elections after a growing insurgency and economic sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table .

In office , he initially won international plaudits for his declared policy of racial reconciliation and for extending improved education and health services to the black majority .
But that faded as rapidly as he cracked down on opponents , including a campaign known as Gukurahundi that killed an estimated 20, 000 dissidents .

The violent seizure of white-owned farms turned Mugabe into an international pariah — though his status as a liberation hero still resonates strongly in most of Africa .
Aimed largely at placating angry war veterans who threatened to destabilise his rule , the land reform policy wrecked the crucial agricultural sector , caused foreign investors to flee and helped plunge the country into economic misery .
All along, the Mugabe regime was widely accused of human rights violations and of rigging elections .

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