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Mahamat leads Africa in mourning Mugabe

By James Martin

The African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Fak Mahamat has taken a lead in mourning the death of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe who passed on in Singapore.

Writing on Twitter, Mahamat described Mugabe as a continental unifier and a Pan Africanist.

“It is with immense sadness that I learnt of the passing of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

“My sincere condolences to his family and the Zimbabwean people as we mourn an iconic liberation fighter and Pan Africanist in the struggle for liberation and continental integration,” he wrote.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also conveyed his condolences message acknowledging the role that the late Mugabe played in advancing regional solidarity, integration and development through Zimbabwe’s participation in the Southern African Development Community.

Ramaphosa through his spokesperson Khusela Diko said Mugabe was as an inspiration to South Africa’s struggle against the apartheid system.

“Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free.

“During the decades of our own struggle, Zimbabwe’s liberation movement supported our own liberation movement to fight oppression on multiple fronts. After Zimbabwe achieved independence, the apartheid state brutalised and violated Zimbabwe as punishment for supporting our own Struggle,” he said.

The African National Congress (NCA) commenting on Mugabe’s death said: “history alone will be the decider over whether the courses of action taken by leaders in the interests of their countrymen, were the correct ones.”

Outspoken Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema described Mugabe as an African giant and revolutionary martyr.

“I’m saddened by the passing of our martyr and the giant of the African Revolution Cde President Robert Mugabe. Let’s continue the fight and protect his legacy,” said Malema

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Zambian President Edgar Lungu, also joined other leaders in conveying their condolences messages.

Beyond Africa, the United States through its Embassy in Harare also relayed condolences message to the family and the people of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, (95) was in November 2017 toppled from power by President Emmerson Mnangagwa through a military assisted coup after 37 years in power.

He has been in and out of foreign hospitals seeking medical attention and was last seen in public in July 2018.


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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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