Picture taken January 31, 1985 of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.

Staff Reporter/ The Herald

Former President of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe has died. He was 95 years old.

Commenting on his official Twitter Platform, President Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed the sad news

“It is with utmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President Cde Robert Mugabe”.

President Mnangagwa said the nation has lost an icon of liberation and Pan Africanist.

“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,” President Mnangagwa wrote on his twitter handle

Cde Mugabe, Zimbabwean first Premier (in 1980) and President (in 1987), was born in Kutama in 1924 (formerly Southern Rhodesia).

Largely self-educated, he became a teacher. After a short periods in the National Democratic Party and Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) he co-found, in 1963, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU).

After a 10-year detention in Rhodesia (1964-74), he spent five years in Mozambique gathering support in preparation for independence in 1980.

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