Political leaders pay tribute to Mugabe

06 Sep 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – Local political parties have hailed Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s second president, as a liberation icon.
He died in Singapore Friday at the age of 95.
In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Landless People’s Movement leader, Bernadus Swartbooi credited Mugabe for Zimbabwe’s quality education system and agricultural development.
“He empowered his people and returned dignity to people,” Swartbooi said.
He said Mugabe was instrumental in land reform and ensured that land was returned to his country’s people and further described the late leader as a qualified spokesperson for the African agenda and its concerns at international platforms.
“He is a tough act to replace. This man on occasions received standing ovations and Africans hold him in high esteem,” Swartbooi added.
He however said Mugabe became self-absorbed and selfish with State resources, which he used for self-enrichment. Swartbooi warned that Namibia is destined for the same fate.
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora remembered Mugabe as a great leader who did not waver, who faced “the colonial masters” and was determined to see Zimbabwe independent.
“On the other hand, his political manoeuvres contributed to the economic downfall of his country in his later years,” Kavekotora said.
Sharing these sentiments was Swanu of Namibia president Dr Tangeni Iijambo, who described Mugabe as an icon of the liberation struggle, one of the most educated leaders Africa has seen and a man of his word.
“He was also one of the leaders who really tried to give back the land to the people of Zimbabwe and in that, he succeeded,” Iijambo said.
He further commended Mugabe for ensuring that Zimbabweans are equipped with the best education in southern Africa.
National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) president Utjiua Muinjangue said it is sad that Mugabe died amidst the xenophobic violence in South Africa.
“However, Mugabe served his time. There is a time to be born and there is a time to go and this is his time to go. We should let him go and rest,” she added.
Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s second president in 1987 but was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017.
He had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Singapore since April.