Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95, according to reports.
Multiple sources said the controversial president, whose rule was mired in accusations of human rights abuses and corruption, died in a Singaporean hospital after battling ill health.
The current Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed his death in a tweet: "It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe."
Mugabe's rule over Zimbabwe for nearly four decades was dominated by murder, bloodshed, torture, persecution of political opponents, intimidation and vote-rigging on a grand scale.
He was the man who, in 1980, became the head of Government of Zimbabwe, chosen to guide the country towards “democracy” after 14 years of rebellion against the Crown headed by the white Southern Rhodesian leader, Ian Smith.
Robert Mugabe's timeline:
1924: Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born in Kutama, north-west of then Rhodesia's capital, Harare
1963: Mr Mugabe and allies from the Zimbabwe African National Union were sent to prison. He remained there for 11 years
1975: He left for Mozambique, where he led the armed struggle against the rebel regime until 1979
1979: Following British-brokered peace talks which established the independent state of Zimbabwe, Mr Mugabe returned home from exile
1980: He became head of the government of Zimbabwe
1983-1985: An estimated 10,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, were killed when the then prime minister sent guerrillas into the country's west to hunt down dissidents
1988: He became the country's president.
2000: Mr Mugabe supported the seizure of white-owned farms. The same year, Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth after Mr Mugabe is denounced for vote-rigging his re-election. He quit the Commonwealth of his own volition a year later.
2017: The leader was ousted in a sudden coup, ending his 37 years in power.