Africa began mourning Robert Mugabe on Friday, just hours after the presidency in Zimbabwe announced that the former schoolteacher -turned guerrilla fighter and liberator of his country had died at the age of 95.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, tweeted.
He said “Cde 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”.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity and praued that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the former president rest and comfort his loved ones.
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, said his country will always remember Presisent Mugabe , a towering figure in the liberation struggles of his country.
The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, also mourned late Mugabe with a tweet.
To President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Mugabe was a freedom fighter and a great pan-Africanist that should never be forgotten, he tweeted
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya issued a national proclamation ordering the Kenyan flag to fly at half-mast throughout Kenya from Saturday September 7 to Monday September 9.
He described Mugabe as a great African, a freedom fighter and Pan-African leader who fought hard for the liberation of Zimbabwe and Africa.
“Today the 6th September, 2019, Kenya has lost aclose friend, following the passing of H.E. ComradeRobert Gabriel Mugabe. I take this opportunity on my own behalf, that of my family and the people of the Republic of Kenya to offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to Mrs Grace Mugabe, the entire family and the people of the great Republic of Zimbabwe,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.
He said “Comrade Mugabe was a shining beacon of Africa’s liberation struggle, an icon that led Zimbabwe in its liberation struggle from Colonialism to independence.
“He was also an embodiment of the Pan African spirit, offering immeasurable assistance to his neighbor South Africa, in their struggle to end apartheid , and in his steady insistence that Africa’s problems required African solutions. He spent a lifetime challenging Africa to find its place and voice among the Community of Nations ,and stand tall.
“For all these and many other achievements, he will be fondly missed and remembered.
“Kenya and Zimbabwe enjoy strong cordial relations founded on our shared struggle against colonialism and for self-determination. Throughout his tenure as President, H. E. Mugabe maintained close relationships with Kenya , visiting Kenya on several occasions, the last such occasion was during TICAD VI in2016.
“It is this close relationship that has seen Kenya and Zimbabwe assist each other to build capacities in various fields and confer each other at different multilateral fora.
“We will remember him for nurturing a strong and growing the relationship betweenKenya and Zimbabwe”.
“As a mark of respect for the memory of this African hero and friend of our country, by the authority vested inme as President of the Republic of Kenya , I herebyORDER and DIRECT; THAT the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall beflown at half-mast at the State House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Republic of Kenya and throughout the Republic of Kenya from dawn on Saturday the 7th September, 2019 until sunset, on Monday the 9th September, 2019,” Kenyatta said.