Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 95, Dies

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s liberator cum oppressor, dictator is dead///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

Robert Mugabe, the former guerrilla leader who led Zimbabwe for more than three decades, died aged 95 on Friday. 

Born Feb. 21, 1924 in what was then the British colony of Southern Rhodesia, Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, first as prime minister and then as president from 1987.

He was forced to resign in November 2017 after his army generals turned on him, fearing he was about to step down due to poor health and anoint his unpopular wife as successor.

Mugabe rejected charges that he ruined what had been seen as southern Africa’s bread basket, saying Britain led a Western campaign to sabotage the economy through sanctions in retaliation for Harare’s forcible seizure of white-owned farms for redistribution to landless black people.

He died on Sept. 6 in Singapore.

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