RIP Robert Mugabe: Former Zimbabwean president passes away aged 95

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa took to social media to pay tribute to his predecessor.

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After a battle with illness, one of Africa's most recognisable political leaders has passed away.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced this morning that Robert Mugabe has died:

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former president, Comrade Robert Mugabe. Cde 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. May his soul rest in eternal peace."

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Reigning over Zimbabwe post-independence for 40 years, Mugabe had been suffering from poor health with doctors discontinuing treatment two weeks ago.

IOL reports that his leadership of the former colony had been marred with persecution of his political rivals, election-rigging and even bloodshed.

Elected in 1980, Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup back in November 2017, reports TimesLIVE.

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