Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, will be in Ghana from August 18 – 22, 2016, the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ghana, Pavelyn Tendai Musaka had confirmed.

Mr. Mugabe’s four-day state visit is expected to open Ghana to opportunities in Zimbabwe and deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

President John Mahama is expected to confer on Africa’s longest serving President, the Millennium Life Time Achievement award for his role in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle from British colonial rule.

According to Ambassador Musaka, the Zanu PF leader whose last visit to Ghana was in 2007 has “a special soft spot” for Ghana. His first wife Sarah Francesca (Hayfron) Mugabe was a Ghanaian who was much loved in Zimbabwe. She was the First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1987 until her death in 1992.

The ambassador touched on the influential role that Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah played in shaping the minds of African political elite in the 60’s.

She said at the height of the Zimbabwean struggle “…what we held on to was the teaching of Kwame Nkrumah”.

President Mugabe is also expected to meet with the Zimbabwean community in Ghana and other traditional authorities.

Mugabe rose to prominence in the 1960s as the leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) during the conflict against the conservative white minority government of Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. He has been President of the country since 1987.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5fm/Miriam Hayford

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