Zimbabwe’s longest-serving leader, Robert Mugabe has died. According to reports, he died at the age of 95 while receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Singapore.
The current president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the sad news on Twitter this morning.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,”
Ex-president Robert Mugabe was known all over the world for being the oldest president of a country in Africa (91 years old).
He played a great part in Zimbabwe’s independence by being a strong voice in the fight against British colonialism. However, after winning the hearts of the people and playing the role of Prime Minister and then becoming president, he became power-hungry and refused to step down over the years.
He was president for 37 years.
In 2017, he finally stepped down and resigned as president.
Everybody wanted him out of office, including non-nationals of Zimbabwe and when he finally stepped down, there was a sigh of relief from everyone.
Let’s take a look again at what caused the fall of the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe:
He was in power for 37 long years and everybody wanted him out but all of this got intense when the then Vice President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired by Mugabe.
It was reported that the First Lady, Grace Mugabe was the brain behind the Vice President’s departure from office. It was believed that she was expected to take over as president after her husband was no more president.
The military leader of Zimbabwe, General Constantine Chiwenga issued a threat to “step in” and calm political tensions after the Vice President was fired.
The military then decided to seize power and keep the president under house arrest.
Shortly after the house arrest, the First Lady, Grace Mugabe fled the country.
Mugabe’s political party then sacked him as their leader and directed him to resign as President of Zimbabwe within 24 hours.
The day for Mugabe to retire finally came and there was a turn of events; in a defiant television appearance, Mugabe vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intense pressure on him to stand down.
After he failed to resign, all was set for an impeachment process to begin but surprisingly, just as the impeachment process began, old Rob stepped down as president!
This surprise announcement took everyone by surprise and people in Zimbabwe went all out to celebrate.
In July 2018, the former vice president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa won the elections and secured his first full term as president.
President Mnangagwa wrote in a short post on Twitter after hearing about the death of the former president
“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.”