INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Zimbabwe’s founding president Robert Mugabe has passed away after a long battle with ill health.
The Mirror reports that Mugabe passed away in a hospital in Singapore. He turned 95 in February.
In August, it was reported that Mugabe was responding well to treatment in Singapore since April.
Earlier that month, Mugabe made headlines last week after a recent picture of him looking rather frail surfaced on social media. The picture was reportedly shared by his son Robert Mugabe Jr.
When the Zimbabwe government announced in April that he had gone to Singapore for medical treatment in May, it said that he was expected back home mid-May.
Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed, and those who can afford it seek treatment in South Africa or further abroad. Mugabe during his time in power sought almost all his medical care in Singapore.
Mugabe’s successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.
Updates to follow as more information is made available.