Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe who was remembered as a brave liberation hero who became a ruthless dictator and crippled his own country under a bloody reign of terror that lasted almost four decades, died at the age of 95, the country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on his official Twitter account.
It was confirmed today that Mugabe had died while in Singapore with his family including wife Grace by his side.It is believed he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness since April, with reports in November last year that he had been unable to walk. And as news of his death broke across the world, mixed tributes flowed for the man once feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation.
Despite leading Zimbabwe to independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe's brutal, power-hungry leadership saw him regarded by many as a tyrant, willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of power.
Under his rule of nearly four decades, Zimbabwe suffered economic ruin with runaway inflation, mass unemployment and fuel shortages.