Ray Bande and Wimbainashe Zhakata
SENIOR Government and Zanu PF party officials in Manicaland have joined the nation and the world at large in mourning former President and pan-African icon Cde Robert Mugabe who died at a hospital in Singapore today.
Speaking today on Diamond FM today Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Cde Monica Mutsvangwa described the late Cde Mugabe as the country’s founding father.
“He is the founding father of this country Zimbabwe and some of us who went to the liberation struggle we were brought up in the hands of former President Cde Robert Mugabe and he was truly a father to us. As a nation we are very touched,” she said.
Zanu PF Manicaland chairperson Cde Mike Madiro, who is also the Home Affairs Deputy Minister said: “I am really saddened to hear of the passing on of our former President. I think you are aware that the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe was our icon. He led the revolution to liberate this country for a very long time and to the young people of Manicaland and Zimbabwe as a whole it is a sad loss.
“There is so much that young people should learn in the leadership of the late Gabriel Mugabe. Some may feel that in the later part of his life he missed the way. It was actually crooks who were taking advantage of his age but otherwise the history of this country is complete only if the contribution of the late Gabriel Mugabe is ingrained in the history of the country.”
Zimbabwe National War Veterans Manicaland chairperson Gift Kagweda said the late Cde Mugabe was a true revolutionary.
“We came back together from the liberation struggle, even though he went his own way here and there, he was a true revolutionary. He was the founder of the Zimbabwean revolution.
“As a leader he came with the freedom that we are enjoying today. He was the first President and Prime Minister for Zimbabwe which was not popular so we have lost a true hero as a nation,” he said.