In a condolence message yesterday, he said the Malawian leader dedicated his professional and political career to the cause of the continent and spent a great deal of time seeking ways to uplift Africans.
Mugabe said: “I learnt with a deep sense of shock and disbelief of the sudden death of His Excellency Bingu wa Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi.”
“A colleague, a dear brother and a close comrade, President wa Mutharika dedicated his professional and political career to the cause of Africa, all the time searching for innovative ways and strategies for improving the condition of its deprived and marginalised peoples.
“His innovative agricultural programmes for fighting hunger and for improving rural incomes will forever stand as a spectacular example, on our continent, of people-centred leadership.
“Equally, Africa shall forever remember Bingu’s pan-African dedication to enlarging possibilities for our continent’s self-determination through greater sub-regional unity, integration and harmonised planning. It is telling that the late departed, who was also the outgoing chairman of the African Union, was due to host the continental body later this year in July, in spite of Malawi’s economic challenges. Africa will miss its great son.”
President Mugabe added that he and the late Dr wa Mutharika considered ways of defending Zimbabwe and Malawi from illegal Western economic sanctions during Mutharika’s last visit to Harare in February.