National mourning in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe's death

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017

National mourning in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe's death

Harare: National mourning was announced in the country following the death of former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was the dictator of Zimbabwe and ruled the country for nearly 37 years. He was ill for a long time and breathed his last in Singapore.

There is a national mourning in the country following the death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe (95), who ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 37 years, breathed his last on Friday in Singapore, where he was hospitalized since April. He had been running ill since leaving office. In Zimbabwe, people have different views about Mugabe.

President Emerson Nangagwa described him as a national hero and said that there would be mourning in Zimbabwe until he was cremated. Nangagwa said the leader will always be remembered for his bold and historical reforms. At the same time, one truth of Mugabe's rule is that his growing autocratic leadership and economic mismanagement forced millions of people to leave the country.

While some people in Zimbabwe call him a true African, for others he is only a source of evil, destruction and misery. Baster Magwiji, a former Zimbabwean military worker, said, "Mugabe was a educated man, but he used his education for evil."

Mugabe had said, 'I will rule till the age of 100'

Mugabe once said that he would rule his country until he was 100 years old and many hoped that he would die while still in office. But with health deteriorating, the military eventually intervened in late 2017 to put a stop to his wife Grace's dream of becoming president, and they could field one of their candidates. Mugabe is followed by two sons in his family and a daughter from second wife Grace.