Geingob mourns Mugabe’s death

President Hage Geingob has on behalf of the government and the people of Namibia expressed his condolences to the people and government of the Republic of Zimbabwe following the passing of their Founding President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first post-independence president, died in Singapore on Friday.

He was 95.

Paying tribute through a statement issued by 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 continued, saying 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.

Geingob continued: 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.

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 the news on Twitter.

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, Mnangagwa wrote.

Mugabe won Zimbabwe's first election after independence, becoming Prime Minister in 1980.

He abolished the office in 1987, becoming President instead.

Soon after assuming office, Mugabe promised democracy and reconciliation.

However, the hope that accompanied independence in 1980 dissolved into violence, corruption, and economic collapse.

Despite his brutal treatment of political opponents and his economic mismanagement of the once 'breadbasket' of the African continent, Mugabe continued to enjoy the praise and support from of other African leaders.

Source: Namibia Press Agency