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Former president Robert Mugabe dies at 95

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95, after battling ill health.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe,” current president Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a tweet.

Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.”

Mugabe died in Singapore where he was seeking treatment.

He was ousted in a military coup, in 2017, after a 30-year reign.

President Muhammadu Buhari condoled the government and people of Zimbabwe over the death.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, particularly commiserates with Mr Mugabe’s associates, who led Zimbabwe to independence.

It says President Buhari believes that Mr Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity.