President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has cancelled his planned visit to Ghana due to political issues in his country.
Africa’s longest serving President was billed to deliver a lecture at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra as part of the Lifetime Africa Achievement Awards Prize (LAAP) event.
President John Mahama was expected to confer on him the Millennium Life Time Achievement award for his role in Zimbabwe's liberation struggle from British colonial rule.
He was expected in Ghana on Thursday August 18 and depart on August 22.
Orgnisers of the event, Millennium Excellence Foundation, had been eagerly anticipating the 92-year-old President.
Huge billboards have been mounted in parts of the Accra to honour his visit to Ghana.
Ghanaians were looking forward to the visit of the controversial leader, who has ruled for nearly three decades.
This would have been the African leader’s most recent visit to Ghana.
The African leader, between 1955 and 1958, stayed in Ghana where he taught as a Senior High School teacher, and eventually married a Ghanaian woman who later died.
Mr. Mugabe was inspired by the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President.
Despite Mr. Mugabe’s absence, the event will go ahead as planned but without the presidential lecture.
At the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize slated for Saturday, August 20, nine persons including three Ghanaians; Dr Kwabena Dufuor, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong and Nana Kwame Bediako, are expected to be conferred with LAAP prize.
Other personalities to be awarded, include Tokyo Sexwale (South Africa), Mrs. Tabitha Karanja (Kenya), Hanson Sindowe (Zambia), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Femi Otedola (Nigeria), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia).
The grand durbar for the event in Kumasi on the 21st of August, has also been postponed