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General News of Sunday, 8 September 2019

Source: ghanaguardian.com

Rawlings eulogizes Mugabe; says Africa has lost a bold statesman

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has eulogized the late former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe describing him as the “African pride, dignity and audacity were unassailable.”

Mr Rawlings in a post on Twitter to commiserate with the Zimbabwean people and the family of the longest serving Zimbabwean president said Africa has lost a bold and noble statesman.

“RIP Comrade Mugabe. You lived for the dignity of your fellow black. Your African pride, dignity and audacity were unassailable. Africa has lost a bold and noble Statesman. My condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe,” Mr Rawlings tweeted.

Zimbabwe’s founding leader Robert Mugabe died in Singapore aged 95, two sources in touch with his family told ZimLive on Friday.

Mugabe had been battling ill-health and President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a Cabinet meeting two weeks ago that doctors had “taken him off life support.”

He became the first prime minister of the newly independent Zimbabwe after elections in February 1980.

Articulate and smartly dressed, Mugabe came to power commanding the respect of a nation. He had a strong head start, inheriting a country with a stable economy, solid infrastructure and vast natural resources.

Mugabe, ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, was being treated in Singapore since April.