Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

- Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has reportedly died

- Robert Mugabe was born in February 12, 1924

- He was president for Zimbabwe from 1980 until he was overthrown in a coup in 2017

- In the 1970s he led a guerrilla campaign against the minority white government in what was then known as Rhodesia

The former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has reportedly died at the age of 95.

He died after battling ill health for some months, according to his family.

He was Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader and was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017.

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Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.

For nearly four decades after the country's independence from Britain in 1980, Mr Mugabe was Zimbabwe's leader.

He was regarded by many as a tyrant, willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of power.

President Mnangagwa this morning tweeted: "It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde 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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