Motsoahae, who is in the country on a three-day visit, described Mugabe as “one of the greatest Pan Africanists in the likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela.”
“As a result of the difficult and bold decisions that you took, Mr President, Zimbabwe may have gone through hard times economically, but that was the price to be paid,” Lesotho said.
“Today, many of us in our region acknowledge with admiration the solid foundation that your policies and decisions have build for the economic development of Zimbabwe and her future generations.”
Zimbabwe, said Motsoahae, was fortunate to have President Mugabe as its leader and was poised to overcome its political and economic challenges.
“We in Lesotho are confident that with a person of your calibre and vision at the helm of Zimbabwe, this country is destined to overcome obstacles placed in its path of development, to be among the best economic performers in our region and to restore itself as an important political centre,” he said.
Zimbabwe has survived a decade of European and United States sanctions over land reforms.
The Lesotho premier said that his country, which has been following developments in Zimbabwe with “interest, sympathy and admiration”, has reiterated calls for the unconditional lifting of sanctions imposed on the country.
Motsoahae first made the call at the just concluded Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Mozambique last week.
The Lesotho premier also urged the parties to Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement (GPA) to remain committed to resolving the political situation in the country.
On his part, President Mugabe said the two countries must strengthen their bilateral relations through identifying new and cementing existing areas of economic cooperation.
“The trade agreement between our countries should be re-invigorated through policies that enhance trade and we are confident that your visit will give that much needed impetus to our cooperation,” he said.
Motshoahae is scheduled to open the Harare Agricultural Show on Friday.