“He died in Singapore around 10:40 (am) Singapore time,” said the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was returning home from the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.
Robert Mugabe, the controversial president of Zimbabwe who was forced to resign in 2017 after decades in power, has died at age 95.
Mugabe’s death was confirmed Friday on Twitter by Emmerson Mnangawa, who succeeded Mugabe as leader of the East African nation.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangawa wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“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”, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa tweeted.
Family members also confirmed the death to the BBC, that news agency reported.
Reuters reported that Mugabe died in Singapore, where he had previously undergone medical treatment in recent years. In November, Mnangagwa said Mugabe was no longer able to walk when he was in Singapore for medical care — but Mnangagwa did not specify why Mugabe was being treated, according to Reuters. Officials often said publicly that Mugabe was treated for a cataract, and denied reports that he had prostate cancer, the report said.
In August, Fox News reported that Mugabe had been hospitalized in Singapore four months earlier. A photo tweeted in August showed Mugabe with his son, Robert Mugabe Jr.