Political leaders pay tribute to Mugabe

Local political parties pay hailed Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's second president, as a liberation icon.

Current Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed Mugabe's death on Twitter.

He died in Singapore on Friday at the age of 95.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Landless People's Movement leader, Bernadus Swartbooi, accredited Zimbabwe's quality education system and agricultural development to Mugabe.

He empowered his people and returned the dignity to people, Swartbooi said.

He said Mugabe was instrumental in the land reform to ensure the 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 on a high esteem, Swartbooi added.

However, later, Swartbooi said, Mugabe became self-absorbed as well as selfish with the state resources for self-enrichment and warned that Namibia is well on its way to the same destination.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora remembers Mugabe as a great leader who did not waver and faced the colonial masters as well as a determined to see Zimbabwe independent.

On the other hand, his political maneuvers contributed to the economic downfall of his country in his later years, Kavekotora said.

Sharing the same sentiments, South West Africa National Union (SWANU) President, Dr Tangeni Iijambo described him as the icon of the liberation struggle, one of the most educated leaders Africa has seen and a man of his word.

He also one of the leaders that really tried to give back the land to the people of Zimbabwe and in that he succeeded, Iijambo said.

Iijambo further commended Mugabe for ensuring that Zimbabweans are equipped with the most educated 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, which has resulted in the confirmed deaths of five people.

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 and we should let him go and rest, Mugabe added.

Mugabe became Zimbabwe's second president in 1987 however, was 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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency