Shocked Mugabe said Mutharika was an African Hero

Mutharika collapsed and died on Thursday due to heart attack and few of Malawian people are mourning him as they regarded him as a dictator responsible for country’s economic meltdown.

However in a statement sent to the media on Saturday by Mugabe’s office the Zimbabwe leader who has not been seen in public since last Saturday said Mutharika’s death shocked him a lot.

“I learnt with a deep sense of shock and disbelief of the sudden death of His Excellency Bingu wa Mutharika. His untimely death touched me in the most personal way. Together we explored ways of defending our economies and countries against illegal sanctions imposed on us by the West,” said Mugabe who is said to be searching for a University place for his child in Singapore.

The European Union, alongside the United States, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand imposed targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his top military, ruling and business associates a decade ago as punishment for allegedly stealing elections, perpetuating human rights violations and failure to uphold the rule of law.

Mugabe added: “Bingu will be sorely missed by Africa, especially so by all of us in Sadc and Comesa, the two sub-regional groupings he served with unsurpassed dedication.”

Mutharika was the President of Malawi since 2004 until his death on Thursday. He was also leader of Democratic Progressive Party and had already served two terms but he extended it and caused a constitutional crisis in Malawi.

Prominent women’s rights campaigner Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s president on Saturday to succeed Mutharika in terms of the country’s constitution.

Banda called for unity among Malawians and declared 10 days for mourning Mutharika.

Banda had appeared at a news conference early on Saturday to dispel fears of a succession struggle after Mutharika’s death on Thursday. She is expected to run the country until scheduled elections take place in 2014.