Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has declared the late founding leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, a national hero.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mugabe, died Friday in Singapore, where he had been receiving medical treatment since April.

In an address to the nation, Mnangagwa declared days of national mourning until Mugabe is buried.

Mnangagwa said ZANU-PF party has met and accorded him national hero status, which he earned and richly deserves. He also thanked the government of Singapore for the medical care it extended to the leader until his death.

In a glowing and moving tribute, Mnangagwa praised Mugabe for his great contribution and dedication to the development of the country before and after independence.

He described Mugabe as a great teacher, mentor and remarkable statesman of the century’. He lauded Mugabe for his signature policy of reconciliation and forgiveness with former coloniser Britain soon after independence in 1980.