Geingob mourns Mugabe's death

06 Sep 2019 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Friday, on behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of Namibia, expressed his condolences to the people and government of the Republic of Zimbabwe following the death of their former president, Robert Mugabe.
Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s second president, died in Singapore on Friday at the age of 95.
Paying tribute through a statement issued by the Office of the Presidency on Friday, Geingob lauded Mugabe for what he described as “immense sacrifices”.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that I have learned about the passing of former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, comrade Robert Mugabe, an outstanding revolutionary, a tenacious freedom fighter and dedicated Pan-Africanist,” Geingob said.
He added that Mugabe was an extraordinary first wave African leader and hero in African freedom.
“President Mugabe made an enormous sacrifice in the struggle against injustice and the liberation struggle of Southern Africa from racial subjugation and colonial oppression,” he said.
“President Mugabe leaves behind a rich legacy of service for the political and economic emancipation of Southern Africa. As Namibians, we owe President Mugabe a deep sense of gratitude for his immense and selfless contribution to the liberation of our country,” Geingob added.
Mugabe, ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017 after 37 years in power, had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Singapore since April.
Current Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed Mugabe’s death on Twitter.
“Cde [comrade] Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a Pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Mnangagwa wrote.
Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s second president in 1987, succeeding Canaan Banana, who held the position from 1980.
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