Monday, 28 November 2016


President Mugabe has left Harare for Cuba to attend the funeral of the late Cuban leader and nationalist, Fidel Castro (90) who died in Santiago de Cuba Province on Saturday.
Mugabe will be among the first Heads of State to arrive in Cuba. Nine days of mourning have been declared in Cuba and the remains of Castro will be interred on December 4.

The President was seen off at Harare International Airport by the two vice presidents, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, several government ministers and service chiefs.

Zimbabwe and Cuba share close ties that were born during the time of the liberation struggle for Zimbabwe when the Caribean island provided moral, material and military support to the cadres waging the liberation struggle.

Cuba was also very supportive of the just cause for the struggle internationally and played a huge role in helping end Portuguese colonisation in Angola and Apartheid in South Africa.

After the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe, Cuba under Castro played a huge role in educating local science and maths teachers for the massive new education system.

This programme later migrated to present day Bindura University of Science Education.


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