HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has lost his five-year-old grandson and has received a surprise condolence message from political nemesis Nelson Chamisa of CCC.
In a statement Sunday, Information Ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said the infant died at a local hospital where he was receiving treatment for respiratory complications.
“It is with a great sense of sadness that we inform the nation that His Excellency, President E.D Mnangagwa and the First Lady Dr. A. Mnangagwa have lost their beloved grandson, Yasha Mafidi Mnangagwa today,” Mangwana said.
“Yasha (5 years old) was Sean Mnangagwa’s son. He died at a local hospital where he was receiving treatment for respiratory complications.
“Our condolences to the family who deserve their privacy at this difficult time of bereavement.”
In a tweet via his official handle, Chamisa sent his condolences to the Mnangagwas, saying the death saying the moment of bereavement to the family was sad.
“LOSS of a loved one is such a painful and sad moment. My deepest condolences to the @edmnangagwa family on the tragic loss of their beloved grandson, Yasha. Our prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. May Yasha’s soul Rest In Peace,” Chamisa said.
It is however not the first time the bitter political rivals have exchanged condolence messages in times of bereavement.
Mnangagwa in July 2020 put his rivalry with Chamisa through a condolence message to the then MDC Alliance leader following the loss of his mother.
In a twitter message, Mnangagwa said: “I was sad to hear of the passing of Ambuya Chamisa, the mother of Nelson Chamisa. Our thoughts and prayers are with @nelsonchamisa and the Chamisa family at this difficult time.”