In a statement Friday, the president said his thoughts and prayers go out to his family, relatives and the people of Zimbabwe who, for many years, he served with commitment and dedication.
“Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the African continent. Indeed, we will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular.” He said.
“To his family, the Government and the people of Zimbabwe, may the Almighty God comfort you and may the soul of former President Mugabe rest in eternal peace.” He added.
He was the country’s first post-independence leader and has been battling ill health.
Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign.
Zimbabwe’s Education Secretary Fadzayi Mahere confirmed Mugabe’s death in a tweet: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.”