President Robert Mugabe says it was a great betrayal to the African cause when Kwame Nkrumah was ousted and had to die in exile.

Addressing Ghanaian journalists in Accra after the country’s 60th independence celebrations, Cde Mugabe said Nkrumah, more that anybody , shaped the course of Africa’s liberation and he really misses him.

“Kwame Nkrumah never deserved the most brutal and cruel massacre he went through. He championed the revolution of not only Ghana but Africa as a whole,” said President Mugabe.

Addressing Ghanaians in Accra on Monday during the country’s independence anniversary, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo said Ghana’s future was sealed when the larger than life Nkrumah said our independence is incomplete until all Africa is free.

Previously known as the Gold Coast under the British rule, the West African nation enjoys a rich history as the first country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule on March 6, 1957.

The country’s 60th independence anniversary was also attended by Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara, Togo’s Faure Gnassingbé and the Vice President of Zambia, Inonge Wina.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe has returned home from Ghana.

He was met at the Harare International Airport by the two vice presidents, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, cabinet ministers, service chiefs and senior government officials.