By ZBC Reporter
THE President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a condolence message to the people of the United Arab Emirates, following the death of the country’s President, Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“It was with a broken heart, grief and sorrow that i received the sad news of the untimely demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe, and indeed, on my own behalf, I wish to convey a heartfelt condolences to the leadership, Government and people of the United Arab Emirates over the irreparable loss,” he said.
The President described the late UAE leader as a visionary who transformed his country to become the jewel it is today.
“Today, we mourn a father figure and strategist, whose visionary leadership transformed the United Arab Emirates from a desert outpost to the global hub and jewel that it is today. His unparalleled wisdom, magnanimity and generosity touched and transformed lives, not only in the UAE but also in distant lands, such as my own country,Zimbabwe and the world over,” he added.
Sheikh Khalifa died on Friday, aged 73.
He was born in 1948 in the inland oasis of al – Ain, near the border with the Sultanate of Oman, and named after his great grandfather, Sheikh Khalifa bin Shakhbout.
Sheikh Kalifa came to power in 2004 in the richest emirate, Abu Dhabi and became the head of state.
Abu Dhabi, which holds most of the Gulf state’s oil wealth, has held the presidency since the founding of the UAE federation by Sheikh Khalifa’s father, the late Sheikh bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 1971.