07 Sep 2019 14:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 SEP (NAMPA) Founding President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma on Friday expressed his sorrow following the death of his long-time political liberation struggle friend and former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
The 95-year-old Mugabe died Friday in a hospital in Singapore after a long illness.
In a message of condolence letter addressed to the Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, Nujoma said he received with utmost grief and a deep sense of sorrow the sad news of the passing on of his comrade, Mugabe.
Nujoma, second Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and first late Vice President Nickey Iyambo on 24 November 2017 last visited Mugabe at his house in Harare.
Nujoma said his letter was aimed at joining all those progressive people around the world who are paying their last respects and bidding farewell to a fellow freedom fighter and an outstanding and fearless revolutionary leader of their time.
He described Mugabe as having been an iconic Pan-Africanist and dear brother, a man who served his country as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then became President of Zimbabwe from 1987 to 2017.
He is thus the Founding President of Zimbabwe and that of the ZANU-PF party which he led to victory in 1980 after the Lancaster House Agreement in1979, Nujoma said.
Nujoma said Mugabe successfully chaired the Non-Aligned Movement from 1986 to 1989 and the Organisation of African Unity from 1997 to 1998.
Mugabe was also the chairman of the African Union from 2015 to 2016 and pursued decolonisation by emphasising on the redistribution of land equality.
Nujoma praised Mugabe for his leadership that saw a massive expansion in education and health development in Zimbabwe during his reign.
It is against this background I would like to say the late comrade is one of the most tenacious and fearless freedom fighters as well as the unwavering and outstanding revolutionary leader of our time, said Nujoma.
He will be remembered as having stood firm where others wavered and having played an important role for the cause of Africas freedom and independence, Nujoma noted.
On behalf of the Veterans of Namibias Liberation Struggle, the Nujoma family and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the entire revolutionary people of Zimbabwe. It is my wish that we may all be consoled and granted fortitude during this difficult time of mourning, he said.