By Leo Mkhuwala, MFN
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s Independence Leader Dies
A dark cloud has coated Zimbabwe as death of its former President and Independence leader, Robert Mugabe is reported.
Family sources have disclosed that Mugabe who was ousted in a military coup in November, 2017 has been battling ill health and has been in Singapore for medical treatment since April.
Before becoming President, he was imprisoned for over a decade without trial, mainly for criticising the pre-independence colonial government.
He won Zimbabwe’s first election after independence becoming prime minister in 1980. He abolished the office in 1987 and became President.
Mugabe’s early years were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority.
Later in years, his controversial land reforms had sparked economic collapse and his leadership was marked by rights abuses and corruption.
Fondly nicknamed “Comrade” Mugabe by his supporters, the former ZANU PF leader has died at the age of 95.