Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga says former president, Mugabe was as an “iconic leader of African emancipation who empowered the nation through the land reform programme at the risk of his own life and position”.

“It is with a deep sense of sorrow and shock that I learnt of the untimely passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President Cde RG Mugabe, on 6 September 2019. Cde Mugabe was the liberator of Zimbabwe, who upon taking the reins of leadership of Zanu in 1977, led the prosecution of the liberation struggle with distinction until the attainment of national independence in 1980,” he said.

“He will remain our founding father and iconic leader of African emancipation. He leaves behind a legacy of a country with respect for constitutionalism, whereupon elections are held as prescribed in the Constitution and the highest literacy rate in Africa.

“At the risk of his own life and position, Cde Mugabe courageously empowered the nation, through the land reform programme. . .

“As I extend my condolences from China, my heartfelt sympathises are with his beloved family, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde E.D Mnangagwa and the nation at large. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace,” said VP Chiwenga who is receiving treatment in China.

The VP has been in China since July.