Former Zimbabwean dictator dies
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/19, 11:20 am
Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe’s independence fight and was forced out of office after three decades as president, has died. He was 95 and had been receiving medical care in Singapore. His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, called Mugabe an “icon of liberation” in a tweet on Friday.
What was his legacy? Zimbabweans once celebrated Mugabe for helping to end white minority rule. He became Zimbabwe’s first prime minister in 1980 and was elected president in 1987. Mugabe often used violence to silence his political opponents. His last years as president saw rising discontent over economic failings and internal leadership struggles within the ruling Zanu-PF party. He finally stepped down in 2017 after the military seized control of the capital city.
Dig deeper: Read Susan Olasky’s obituary of Mugabe for WORLD Magazine, which describes him as “not a good gentleman.”
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.