Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared on Friday that his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, has passed on.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former president, Comrade Robert Mugabe,” he shared on his Twitter account.
“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 had been sick for quite a while. Mnangagwa said in April that he had required extended medical treatment in Singapore.
Mugabe’s previous spindoctor Jonathan Moyo was one of the first to comment.
A dark cloud has enveloped Zimbabwe and beyond. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord! pic.twitter.com/GGbw8c1poS
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) September 6, 2019
Ace Magashule, secretary-general of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, on Friday, depicted Mugabe as a companion and progressive friend.
“Though the ANC and its leadership may have differed, often vociferously, with Comrade Mugabe on matters of national interest, as fraternal organisations we held as sacrosanct the principle of sovereignty. . .,” he said in a statement.
“To our friends in Zanu-PF, be comforted that you have lost a leader whose service to his country will forever be inscribed. We mourn with you the passing of our friend, statesman, leader, revolutionary.”
Mugabe used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was finally ousted when his previously loyal military generals turned against him.
After his mortifying tumble from office on November 2017, his wonderful physical stamina leaked away quickly.
First proclaimed as a hero who frees the previous British state Rhodesia of white-minority rule, Robert Gabriel Mugabe will rather be recollected a tyrant who squashed political contradiction and destroyed the national economy.
The previous political prisoner turned guerrilla leader swept to power in the 1980 races after a developing insurgency and economic sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.
In-office, he at first won universal approvals for his pronounced strategy of racial compromise and for expanding improved training and wellbeing administrations to the dark greater part.
Be that as it may, his brilliance blurred rapidly.
Mugabe had assumed responsibility for one wing in the guerrilla war for autonomy — the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) and its military — after his discharge from jail in 1974.