Dr Hargreaves died last week after a long battle with renal cancer.
Speaking in an interview soon after delivering his message to Dr Hargreaves’ widow, Shirley, at their Borrowdale home, President Mugabe described Dr Hargreaves as a patriotic Zimbabwean.
“We came here to express our condolences on the passing on of Dr Hargreaves,” he said.
“Everybody knows the good work he has done. From day one of our independence we were together. He was on the animal side of our agriculture.”
President Mugabe said Dr Hargreaves represented Zimbabwe at various forums and proved to be a loyal person.
“We had meetings together and sometimes he went to represent our country in the region and internationally,” he said.
“We trusted him very much, he was loyal. Where some Europeans thought that Zimbabwe was no longer safe to stay in, his own judgement was, in fact, that Zimbabwe was a place to live in, so he stayed. He was a very hardworking man, a true Zimbabwean and some Europeans did not like that. That is why our party is going to meet soon to sit and determine his hero status.”
Dr Hargreaves died on August 28 at a private hospital in Harare and was buried at his farm in Norton.
He served Government for 41 years in the department of livestock and veterinary services and had an interest in assisting rural and smallholder farmers.Post published in: News