Former Zimbabwe Leader Robert Mugabe Dead At 95

Robert Mugabe has died aged 95.

The current President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed the news on Friday.

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe," tweeted the president.

Mugabe "was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people" he said.

It is believed the former leader died in hospital in Singapore after battling ill health. Mugabe often travelled to Singapore to seek medical treatment in recent years.

Born in then Rhodesia, Mugabe co-founded the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in 1963, a resistance movement against British colonial rule.

He was jailed for anti-government comments between 1964 and 1974.

He became prime minister in 1980 of the new Republic of Zimbabwe and assumed the role of president seven years later.

In 2000 he led a campaign to evict white farmers from their land, which was given to black Zimbabweans, and led to famine.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University, 2017. Photo: Getty

Mugabe retained a strong grip on power, through controversial elections, until he was forced to resign in November 2017, at age 93.

He was granted immunity from prosecution and assured his safety would be protected in a deal that led to his resignation.

Mugabe also received a retirement package that includes a pension, housing, holiday and transport allowance, health insurance, limited air travel and security.


With AAP.