Thousands of Zimbabwean citizens paid posthumous homage, on 14th September, to the former president of their country, H. E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who died on 6th September in a hospital in Singapore, at the age of 95.
The State funeral took place in the Harare National Stadium, a sports complex with a capacity to hold over 60 thousand spectators.
the ceremony, which was attended by heads of State from African countries, former leaders of various nations from around the world, delegations from friendly countries, and neighbours and all social strata at all levels from the land, was overseen by the current leader of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H. E. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The ceremony of posthumous homage began with the arrival and installation of the coffin, followed by a singing of the national anthem.
Continuing with the ritual ceremony, a member of the family read the biography of the deceased and expressed thanks to all the delegations from the countries present, for the human warmth, economic and moral support that have received during these moments of sadness and pain.
During the motions of condolence, the first to speak was the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Head of State and Government, and President Founder of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
Africa is in mourning and sad because it has lost a fighter, a combatant for the liberation and emancipation of the African continent”, said the Equatoguinean President in his message of condolence to the people and Government of Zimbabwe.
At another point in his speech, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo described the former president of Zimbabwe as an icon and the most recognised pan-African leader, which was why he was expressing the deep pain and consternation, condolences and solidarity of the people of Equatorial Guinea on the death of the great leader, excellent fighter for the liberation of the African continent against the neo-colonial occupation and apartheid.
The people of Zimbabwe have just lost a contemporary leader of the century, defender of the independence, freedom and dignity of men, both within and outside his country, a promoter of the fight against apartheid, defender of the human rights of the Zimbabwean people. His pan-African ideals place him on the list of other great leaders and fighters in Africa, such as Nelson Mandela, Mohamed V of Morocco, Patricio Lumumba, Eduardo Dos Santos, from Angola, among others”, continued H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The Head of State also recognised the support his nation had received from Zimbabwe thanks to the pan-African policies in matters such as the fight to keep the peace and security in Africa, and the national sovereignty and dignity of the people, by the deceased former president. Along these lines he said that his nation expressed its full support for the people and Government of Zimbabwe, and the governing political party, ZANU, due to the high regard that, through these rites, expressed the immortality of his ideas and leadership as an idealist, which should be conserved on the entire African continent.
Concluding his speech, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that it was of merit that the people of Zimbabwe and Africa recognise this favoured political leader as a national hero.
Mugabe was born in Kutamba, north of Harare, on 21st February, 1924, the son of the carpenter Gabriel and the catechist, Bona Mugabe. He was named Prime Minister during the 1980-1987 period. From 1987 to 2017 he was President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He held other positions, such as President of the African Union, General Secretary of Non-Aligned Countries, and President of the political grouping African National Union of Zimbabwe-Patriotic Front, ZANU, among others,
He was a friend of the Equatoguinean presidential couple and the Government of our nation, ties which allowed him to make periodical visits of work and friendship to Equatorial Guinea.
He leaves behind a widow, the former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, children and grandchildren.
At the end of the State ceremony, the delegations from countries present walked by the coffin in order to bid a final farewell to the historic leader and father of Zimbabwean sovereignty, H. E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
Setting off on their return to the country, the Equatoguinean presidential couple were seen off at Harare International Airport by members of the Government of Zimbabwe and the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador, Jose Ela Ebang Mbang.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office