Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Sweden Mr Samuel Mhango has died.

He died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare yesterday evening.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade official Mr G. Gapare revealed the news to ZBC.

Ambassador Mhango had been unwell for sometime while executing his duties in Stockholm, Sweden, and was medically evacuated back home on the 11th of January.

It is understood he had a longstanding heart ailment.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

Mourners are gathered at number 11 Kurrichane Drive, Mandara.

Ambassador Mhango was born on 16 February 1958 in Zvishavane and did his primary and secondary education in his rural area.

He joined the liberation struggle in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1976.

In 1978, he was seconded to Bulgaria for higher education and he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Economics.

In 1983, before returning home and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served in various capacities in Zimbabwe’s missions in Nigeria, Malaysia, Switzerland and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He was appointed Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Sweden in 2014.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

President consoles Mhango family

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he has learnt with sadness of the death of Zimbabwean ambassador to Sweden, Cde Samuel Mhango who died yesterday.

In a statement, Cde Mnangagwa said while he was aware that Cde Mhango had been un-well for some time, he had high hopes for his recovery and return to active service in Sweden.

He said the nation has lost a committed cadre of the liberation struggle and an accomplished diplomat who dedicated his whole life and career to serving his country and people with selfless distinction.

Cde Mnangagwa said Ambassador Mhango will be sadly missed in diplomatic circles and civil service.

In a condolence message, on his behalf and on behalf of the government and the people of Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa expressed sorrow to Mrs Mhango and the whole Mhango family on their loss.

He said they should derive solace from the knowledge that the whole nation is grieving with them during the sad time.