The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has extended his sincere condolences to the government, people of Zimbabwe and the family of the 1st President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Robert Mugabe, who passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019.
In a letter to President Emerson Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, President Akufo-Addo stated that;
“Robert Mugabe will be remembered, above all, for his immense contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa from imperialism, colonialism and racist rule. His dedication to the cause of Pan-Africanism is fully acknowledged.”
The President added that “through his marriage to the late Sarah “Sally” Francesca Hayfron, his first wife, the Ghanaian people have always considered him, and, indeed, all other Zimbabweans, as our in-laws. Ghana, therefore, shares in the grief and loss of the Zimbabwean people, as we mourn his demise. He will be sorely missed.”
Robert Mugabe was Zimbabwe president from 1980 to 2017, making him the longest-serving president of the country.
Mugabe who infamously claimed that “only God” could ever remove him from office was deposed in a coup in 2017, when members of his own party turned against him after he dismissed then vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa to make way for his wife, Grace.
Even though he was once touted internationally as the hope of his nation, Mugabe left office with a grim legacy, after waging a campaign of oppression and violence to maintain power and driving into poverty a country once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa.