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MBABANE – who infamously claimed that ‘only God’ could remove him from power, passed on yesterday.

The former president of Zimbabwe died at the age of 95 while receiving treatment at a Singapore Hospital.
His death was announced by the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, yesterday.

Mnangagwa was quoted in a Twitter post, saying, “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.”


Mnangagwa described his predecessor as “an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people,” adding, “His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Government Spokesperson Percy Simelane also confirmed that it had been officially communicated that the former president had died.

“The Zimbabwean president made an official announcement this morning (yesterday),” Simelane said.
He stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation would issue a statement of condolences.
Simelane also disclosed that Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini paid tribute to the late president on South Africa’s television news channel, eNCA.
Asked about his personal experience with the former statesman, Simelane said he had some encounters with the late Mugabe as a journalist and also as a government spokesperson.

However, he politely requested not to share them lest he contaminated the official condolences position of the State.
In a statement, government, through the ministry, passed its deepest to the Mugabe family and the people of Zimbabwe.
The statement read: “I have it in command by His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Eswatini,
Her Majesty the Queen Mother, the Government and people of the kingdom of Eswatini, as well as on my own, to express our grief on learning about the demise of Zimbabwe’s long- serving President and Africa’s stalwart Dr Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

“It is our hope and prayer that the Almighty God will comfort the family, relatives and friends of the deceased, the government and the people of Republic of Zimbabwe during this hour of bereavement.”
Speaker of the House of Assembly Petros Mavimbela also passed his sincere condolences to the people of Zimbabwe.


Mavimbela described Mugabe as a role model for people tasked with leading different institutions.
“He proved to be a strong leader who could not be easily swayed. The West tried, but he stood his ground.  We need people such as Mugabe. If you are given a responsibility, you must be seen to be working,” the Speaker said.

Like any normal human being, Mavimbela said the late former president had his flaws and weaknesses.
“May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said.

Mugabe, who was one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa, had good relations with His Majesty King Mswati III.
When the country celebrated its 40th independence, Mugabe was the King’s main guest. He also joined the nation in celebrating the King’s 40th birthday.
At one point during his bitter squabbles with opposition leader, the late Morgan Tsvangirai, Southern African leaders held an emergency meeting in the country to discuss the crisis in Zimbabwe.

The meeting, which was called by the the Southern African Development Community (SADC), amid mounting international pressure on Mugabe to resolve his country’s political turmoil and economic meltdown, was chaired by His Majesty the King.
 The leaders attended the meeting in their capacity as the SADC’s Troika Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.


Earlier to the meeting, Tsvangirai had urged the United Nations to isolate Mugabe.
Worth noting, Tsvangirai could not attend the meeting after he failed to secure travel documents.

On another note, government expressed grief on learning about the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives during the storm.

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