ED pays tribute to ex-President Mugabe

President Mnangagwa (right) has described his predecessor Cde Mugabe as  “a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader”.

President Mnangagwa (right) has described his predecessor Cde Mugabe as “a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader”.

Felex Share Senior Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took his Oath of Office yesterday, paid tribute to his predecessor, Cde Robert Mugabe, saying his mistakes will never detract from his immense contribution to the liberation and development of Zimbabwe.

Addressing thousands of Zimbabweans and foreign dignitaries who filled the National Sports Stadium to witness his swearing-in ceremony, President Mnangagwa said Cde Mugabe remained his father and mentor.

“Let me at this stage pay special tribute to one of, and the only surviving father of our nation, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He led us in our struggle for national independence and assumed responsibilities of leadership at the formative and very challenging time in the birth of our nation. That is to be lauded and celebrated for all times,” he said.

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President Mnangagwa added: “Whatever errors of commission or omission that might have occurred during that critical phase in the life of our nation, let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution towards the building of our nation.

“To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader. We thus say thank you to him and trust that our history will grant him his proper place and accord him his deserved stature as one of the founders and leaders of our nation.”

Cde Mugabe, he said, laid a compact foundation for Zimbabweans.

“Whilst I am aware that emotions and expectations might be high and mixed, I have no doubt that over time, we will appreciate the solid foundation laid by my predecessor, against all manner of vicissitudes, towards building an educated, enlightened, skilled and forgiving society,” President Mnangagwa said.

“This is a formidable head-start we draw from our past, a plinth upon which to build developments in the present and to erect hopes for the future.”

President Mnangagwa met Cde Mugabe on Thursday and pledged maximum security and welfare for his family. In return, Cde Mugabe wished President Mnangagwa all the best and promised to support him. President Mnangagwa also paid tribute to senior statesmen from the sadc region led by former Zambian president Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

“He (Dr Kaunda) remains the only living member of the foundational Frontline States grouping which is synonymous with the decolonisation processes in our Southern African region,” President Mnangagwa said.

“We honour him, as indeed we remember all his colleagues now departed. The statesmen who are with us today show a story of succession which speaks well of our continent. It is a narrative that must get bolder and bolder as generations hand over to succeeding ones, all in amity.”

Other former Heads of State who attended yesterday’s event included Messrs Rupiah Banda (Zambia), Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma (Namibia).

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  • SlackJawedYokel

    Wrong move….same old same old….

  • Zvakaora

    Zimbabwe must rediscover its dignity. Let’s remove Mugabe’s name from Harare International Airport and anything else his contemptible unwanted name has been forcibly imposed upon!

    • succuba

      President Robert Gabriel Mugabe & Vice President Grace Mugabe arrived at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, awaiting flight on Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airways after an afternoon capping graduands at Robert Gabriel Mugabe University situated along Robert Gabriel Mugabe Way – Guma ,kikikikiki.

    • Mai Jnr

      True

  • Doctor Future

    This is a mark of a good leader, forgiving , focused , calculating and above all has preached servant leadership. Congratulations my Presdo

  • Ruzvidzo

    The maximum security and welfare pledged to Mugabe and his family could be short-lived. After elections a new Government or President can always decide to revoke Mr Mugabe’s political immunity, and any local agreement doesn’t apply to international law. Zimbabweans or any person outside the country can have Mr Mugabe or his family members arrested via lawsuits raised by those who have been wronged by anyone in Mugabe’s extended family if they step foot outside the country, and cannot be covered by protection from the current local administration once on foreign soil. For example diasporans who survived Gukurahundi or had family members killed, could demand an international arrest warrant for Mugabe’s crimes against humanity.

  • Matoenda

    Mugabe’s family immunity is worth squat if he or his wife set foot outside the country. Expensive foreign lawyers impatiently waiting to make a killing, must be rubbing their hands in glee and salivating in anticipation at delivering writs and warrants of arrest on the Mugabe family’s first foreign trip after resignation as President.

  • Mai Jnr

    Mnangagwa said let bygones be bygones so even Britain is welcome in Zim. Iwe writer na Ceasar Zvayi how many of your relatives are staying on asylum in the. UK vakaenda more than 10 years ago iwe uchitumirwa mari nehama dzako.
    Matanga ve the herald I hope it’s not Charamba who initiated this