Former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama has paid tribute to outgone Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe following his resignation on Tuesday.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for the past 37 years, but his reign was finally brought to an end after he was placed under house arrest by the country’s army.
In a letter read out by the Speaker of Zimbabwe’s Parliament, Mugabe said his resignation was voluntary and a move to allow for a smooth transfer of power.
The 93-year-old used to be considered as the world’s oldest leader, having risen to power in 1980.
Despite being sometimes criticised for his ways of ruling, others also believe Mugabe was a liberation hero who stood up for his country against the West.
Ex-Ghana president Mahama, who met Mugabe a couple of times, has paid tribute to the Zimbabwean leader in light of his resignation.
Mahama took to Facebook to describe the ex-leader as “a patriot” and “a great Pan Africanist”, while wishing Zimbabwe well in this new era for the country.
He wrote: “A sad ending for a liberation hero, a patriot and a great Pan Africanist. I pray the dramatic events of November serve as a reboot for democracy and prosperity in #Zim. History will remember Comrade Mugabe kindly.”
Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to succeed Mugabe.
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