- While the responses to ex-Zimbabwe leader, Robert Mugabe’s death have been mixed, the current president of the country, Emmerson Mnangagwa, made his feelings about ‘Uncle Bob’ very clear
- Mnangagwa declared that Mugabe will be given “national hero status”
- Mugabe passed away earlier this week, at the age of 95
Current President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has come forward to announce that recently-deceased former Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, will be named a “national hero”.
Mugabe passed away earlier this week and there have been many mixed reactions to his passing.
The Sowetan reported that Mnangagwa stated that Mugabe “earned and deserved” the prestigious status of “national hero”.
“Zanu-PF, the party which the late president founded, has met and accorded him national hero status, which he earned and deserved,” Mnangagwa said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mnangagwa and Mugabe had been close since the 1970’s, when the current Zimbabwean president became Mugabe’s bodyguard and assistant.
Mnangagwa was subsequently promoted to cabinet minister and then Deputy President and it was only in 2017 that the pair had a falling out and Mugabe had to be removed from his position as President of the country.
Despite this recent falling out, Mnangagwa had many positive things to say about Mugabe at a press briefing on Friday, following the ex-president’s death.
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