Kenya’s flag at half mast for Robert Mugabe as African leaders pay tribute to”Uncle Bob”
London, Sep 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-African leaders are united in paying tribute to Zimbabwe’s founding president Robert Mugabe also famously called “Uncle Bob” who died in the early hours of Friday.
He ruled the country for close to four decade
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the Kenyan flag be flown at half mast in honour of the former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.
The flag will be flown at half mast at the State House and all public buildings, military posts and naval centres.
This will be done from dawn on Saturday until sunset on Monday
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has also paid tribute to Zimbabwe’s former leader describing him as “a man who lived most of his life in public service”.
He also hailed Mr Mugabe’s role in Zimbabwe’s independence struggle.
“President Buhari believes Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity,” a statement from his office said.
From being considered an icon of liberation in his early years to a ruthless dictator towards the tail end of his reign, sharp division has followed his every step.
On Friday, there was an outpouring of reaction from African leaders.
Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnagagwa was the first to take to twitter to break the news of Mugabe’s passing. In his message he remembered a man who was a long time friend as an African liberation hero.
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 (2/2)2,8596:06 AM – Sep 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,301 people are talking about this
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta also had a condolence message for the fallen leader, as a man not afraid to take on issues thought to be taboo.
“Indeed, we will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular,” president Kenyatta said.
“On behalf of the Government and the People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and the People of Zimbabwe following the death of former President Robert Mugabe.” ~ H.E. Uhuru Kenyattahttp://www.president.go.ke/2019/09/06/message-of-condolence-by-h-e-hon-uhuru-kenyatta-president-of-the-republic-of-kenya-following-the-death-of-former-zimbabwean-president-robert-mugabe/ …2797:49 AM – Sep 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy133 people are talking about this
President Kenyatta at the same time directed that his country’s flag would fly at half-mast at State House and all public buildings as a mark of respect to the late Mugabe.
“As a mark of respect for the memory of this African hero and friend of our country, by the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of Kenya, I hereby ORDER and DIRECT;- that the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown 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,” he said in a presidential directive on Friday.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli termed the late Mugabe as a brave leader.
Nimepokea kwa masikitiko makubwa taarifa za kifo cha Rais Mstaafu na Baba wa Taifa la Zimbabwe Mzee Robert Mugabe. Afrika imepoteza mmoja wa viongozi Jasiri, Shupavu, Mwanamajumui wa Afrika na aliyekataa ukoloni kwa vitendo. Mungu aiweke roho yake mahali pema peponi, Amina.2,4067:54 AM – Sep 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy956 people are talking about this
African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat remembers him as one of the pioneer pan-Africanists who pushed for African countries to be self-dependent.
“It is with immense sadness that I learnt of the passing of #Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe. My sincere condolences to his family and the Zimbabwean people as we mourn an iconic liberation fighter + Pan-Africanist in the struggle for liberation +continental integration,” he said.
It is with immense sadness that I learnt of the passing of #Zimbabwe‘s former president Robert Mugabe. My sincere condolences to his family and the Zimbabwean people as we mourn an iconic liberation fighter + Pan-Africanist in the struggle for liberation +continental integration.1169:21 AM – Sep 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy54 people are talking about this
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his condolence message remembered the late Mugabe as “a towering leader of the struggle for independence and outstanding leader on the African continent.”
https://www.pscp.tv/w/cEIXZDF4a1FEQkxtTlBsanp8MXZBR1Jxb2puYmFLbBk8VQAFu3_JsYpAGwLN9e-Yh72PkNcWZIFmxU_lqqgG …Cyril Ramaphosa @CyrilRamaphosaPresident Robert Mugabe contributed a great deal to Pan-Africanism and to our struggle for liberationpscp.tv2699:59 AM – Sep 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy147 people are talking about this
Journalist reflects on friendship with Mugabe
Wilf Mbanga, a Zimbabwean journalist, has spoken to the BBC about his friendship with Robert Mugabe.
The pair were friends in the 1970 and 1980s, but their relationship fell apart shortly after Mr Mbanga founded The Daily News paper in 1999.
“He was my president and he was, at one time, my friend,” Mr Mbanga told the BBC’s Newsday programme.
“We were very good friends from 1974 until I started an independent newspaper called The Daily News. Then he didn’t want to have anything to do with me.
“It eventually led to my arrest and my trial in Zimbabwe which lasted for a couple of months,” he added. “I finally left of my own accord after I was harassed.”
“He started off as a great leader – but unfortunately he will be remembered not for what he did at the beginning but for what he did towards the end of his life.
“He was an icon of liberation. That’s true, but there were many people who died [under his rule].”
Mr Mbanga continued: “I remember him with mixed feelings. I had a very good relationship with him when I was a young reporter and I used to travel with him around the world. He impressed me and was very articulate.
“But I also remember him for his cruelty towards me [as well as] the number of people who have died because of his obsession with power.
“I still have that warm feeling for him but I also hate what he’s done to my country.”
War veteran praises Mugabe’s liberation credentials
Jabulani Sibanda, the former leader of the War Veterans’ Association which has been associated with past election violence in Zimbabwe, said the country had lost its liberator.
“It is very sad that we have lost a former president. We have lost a hero who stood up for the liberation of [Zimbabwe] and the oppressed people of the world,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.
“Yes, there are things that I disagree with him over. But at the same time we can explain each [individual] issue as it comes. We have lost somebody who stood up against the colonisation of our country,” he continued.
“He was a fearless man. He stood up against [former UK Prime Minister] Tony Blair and [former US President] George W Bush over the issue of the Iraq war.
“There are things that he did wrong in this country. But we have lost a liberator.”