HARARE- Former Robert Mugabe (95) who died in Singapore earlier this morning has been declared a national hero.
Addressing journalists at State House after an emergency politburo meeting in the capital to deliberate on Mugabe’s hero’s status, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described the former president as a teacher, commander and revolutionary who will be remembered for being vilified after spearheading the land reform programme in 2000.
“The death early this morning in Singapore, of the founder of our nation and iconic leader of our struggle for national liberation Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, leaves a big void in our nation.
He was a veteran nationalist, pan-African fighter who will be remembered for spearheading the rights of the people of Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa added that under Mugabe’s leadership the country witnessed deliberate policies which saw the country being ranked among top in literacy rates.
“ History will remember him for this bold move.”
Mnangagwa further said Government will remain committed to carry forward his contributions and ambitions.
He also thanked Grace Mugabe, for standing alongside his husband during his sickness which spanned for over the past five years.
Meanwhile, the national mourning has been declared until his burial which is yet to be finalised when his remains return back home.
According to deputy chief secretary George Charamba, Mugabe died at 4:45am, after he was readmitted on Sunday.