President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has disclosed that the country former president from 1980 to 2017, Robert Gabriel Mugabe died from cancer after a chemotherapy treatment which was no longer effective was stopped at a Singaporean hospital he was admitted in.
This is the first time the government has given the cause of his death, a state-owned newspaper quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He told ruling party supporters in New York where he is attending this week’s United Nations General Assembly that Mugabe had cancer, but he did not disclose the type.
Though, WikiLeaks reported in 2011 that the former Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who died at the age of 95 had prostate cancer which also affected other organs. The report was denied by top government officials at that time.
Mugabe’s health deteriorated rapidly after the ousting and he made regular trips to Singapore to seek treatment.
The former guerilla leader, came to power at the end of white minority rule in 1980 and ruled Zimbabwe uninterrupted for 37 years and seven months.
He was toppled on November 2017 in a military-backed coup, ending an increasingly iron-fisted rule marked by political oppression and economic ruin.
The cable, written in 2008 by the US embassy in Harare, said the former president had five years left to live at the time.
The body of the late Zimbabwean leader is currently kept at his Blue Roof residence in Harare as it is expected he will be buried in a mausoleum at Zimbabwe’s national shrine reserved for liberation war fighters which is still under construction.