Mugabe declared national hero

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Leroy Dzenga

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who died early on Friday, has been declared a national hero.

National hero status is the highest individual honour in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, who died at the age of 95 in Singapore, was Zimbabwe`s first Prime Minister and Executive President.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa told media at State House in the capital Harare last night: “Zanu-PF, the party which the late President founded, has met and accorded him national hero status which he earned and deserved.”

President Mnangagwa declared days of national mourning.

Other African countries have paid condolences, with Kenya declaring three days of mourning.