Zimbabwe President His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa has been decorated with Uganda’s highest medal of honour the “Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa” medal.
Mnangagwa is in Uganda on a 2-day State visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
He was awarded Wednesday at the 57th Independence anniversary celebrations in Sironko Eastern Uganda.
“I’m here today on behalf of people of the Republic of Zimbabwe at the invitation of my elder brother, President Museveni,” he said while speaking at the event.
“Congratulations upon your 57 years of independence and freedom. I’m happy to be here to consolidate our relations.”
He added: “Your independence inspired us. You are developing your country in peace and love, we aspire to follow your steps. Zimbabwe is under sanctions for twenty years but with the help of our sister countries like Uganda, we still survive.”
The “Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa” is the highest civilian award of the Ugandan honours system and is awarded to heads of state and government leaders.
Gen Ivan Koreta who is the chairperson of the awards committee described Mnangagwa as a peacemaker and pacifier whose contribution to the independence of Zimbabwe and Africa at large ought to be recognised.
The same medal has before been awarded to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete and Julius Nyerere; Theodoro Obiang Guema, Amando Guebuza (Mozambique), Aga Khan IV and Dr Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia).