Malawi President Mutharika Pays ‘Emotional’ Tribute to Mugabe

Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika on Saturday paid an emotional tribute to Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe.

In an interview at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Mutharika said Mugabe has left strong legacy.

He said Mugabe fought that Africa be equally represented at the United Nations.

Mutharika added that Mugabe wanted Africa to be economically independent.

Other heads of state who attended Saturday’s funeral included long-ruling leaders from Equatorial Guinea and Congo while China, Russia and Cuba, which supported Zimbabwe’s liberation movements that fought white minority rule, were represented by officials.

Prominent officials from Western countries, which were critical of Mugabe’s rule, did not feature in the official funeral program.

Mugabe, who was ousted in a 2017 military coup, led Zimbabwe for 37 years and died last week at a Singapore hospital.

His remains will be interred in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre in the capital Harare in about 30 days, his nephew said on Friday, contradicting earlier comments that a burial would be held on Sunday.