Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly sent a moving condolence letter to his predecessor Robert Mugabe after the passing of the former ruler's mother-in-law. According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa urged citizens of the southern African country to stand with the former first family in their hour of need following the passing of Grace Mugabe's mother Ambuya Idah Marufu,84,last Thursday. Mnangagwa wrote: "I learnt with sadness of the death last night (Thursday) of Ambuya Marufu, mother to our former first lady Amai Grace Mugabe and mother-in-law to Cde RG Mugabe. The sorrowful development visits us at a time when the Mugabes are not well, with Amai Mugabe away in Singapore where she has been receiving medical attention."My heart goes out to the family. I urge our entire nation to stand with and rally behind the Marufu and Mugabe families, so their sorrows are assuaged and made bearable."According to Zw News, the former first lady is expected to visit her rural home for the first time since her husband was ousted in November. Sources said funeral arrangement were underway at the Marufus' humble homestead. Grace Mugabe last visited the family home for the burial of her aunt where she also addressed mourners.* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.