Former President Jerry John Rawlings has paid glowing tribute to the late President of Zimbabwe on behalf of government and people of Ghana.
At the funeral of Robert Mugabe on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the capital Harare, he described the late leader as a “formidable warrior.”
“We are here to join you to bid goodbye to one of the most formidable warriors in this continent. And I feel especially privileged to represent my country and President Nana Addo to deliver this humble tribute. I thank those who preceded me for what they also had to say.
“Ghanaians, especially those familiar with Africa’s epic struggle for freedom, justice and dignity, are greatly saddened by the irreplaceable loss of one of our continent’s most inspiring liberation fighters”, he said.
According to the former Ghanaian leader, the late Zimbabwean President was not only a popular and fearless liberation fighter; but l an impressive moral compass.
“Our enduring affection for Robert Gabriel Mugabe was equally rooted in the strong bonds of brotherhood that derived not only from his growing up, studying and teaching in Ghana but also from marrying a Ghanaian lady called Sally Francesca Hayfron. The wife of his youth, now interred in the Heroes Acre here in Harare supported him with youthful passion, energy and wit as he wrestled his native Zimbabwe from the throes of ruthless colonialism”, he added.
“Our tears flow freely and uncontrollably for our departed hero. An untiring steward of African progress. A pioneer of Black assertiveness and an implacable opponent of Neo-colonialism. We salute his memory as his soul marches on to join the great patriarchs of our continent in eternity.
“On behalf of my President, Nana Addo and on my own behalf, I’d like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Madam Grace Mugabe and the family and children”, he said
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH