Harare (New Ziana)-President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday sent a condolence message to his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli on the death of former President Benjamin Mkapa who died on Thursday.
The late Mkapa, who was 81, died of an undisclosed ailment in a Dar es Salam Hospital.
President Mnangagwa said the late Mkapa had left a legacy of peace and stability and his death had robbed the continent of an astute politician.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Zimbabwe and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to you, and through you, to the family and to the people of United Republic of Tanzania, on the death of Mzee Benjamin Willian Mkapa, on 23 July 2020.
“The untimely death of Mzee Mkapa who served as President during the period 1995 to 2005 has robbed Mkapa family, and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania of an exemplary father and astute politician. His legacy shall live forever, within United Republic of Tanzania, the East African region, and beyond.
“President Mkapa leaves behind him, including his immense contribution to the achievement of peace, stability and economic development of the United Republic of Tanzania, the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and indeed the whole African continent. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said.