World leaders react to Robert Mugabe's death

Written by  Aljazeera, News Agencies

Longtime Zimbabwean leader has received a glowing tribute particularly from African leaders.

Freedom fighter Mugabe: Gone at 95. Freedom fighter Mugabe: Gone at 95.

Robert Mugabe, the rebel who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and ruled with an iron fist until his own army ended his almost 40-year tenure in 2017, has died. He was 95.


In announcing Mugabe's death on Friday, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa praised Mugabe as an "icon of liberation".


"His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace," he said.


Following are the reactions from world leaders to his death:


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africans join the people and government of Zimbabwe in mourning the passing of a liberation fighter and champion of Africa's cause against colonialism.


Under President Mugabe's leadership, Zimbabwe's sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free.


Many Zimbabweans paid with their lives so that we could be free. We will never forget or dishonour this sacrifice and solidarity.


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta


In this moment of sorrow, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his relatives and the people of Zimbabwe who, for many years, he served with commitment and dedication.


Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the African continent.


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.


Tanzanian President John Magufuli


Africa has lost one of its bravest and Pan-Africanist leaders, who led by example in opposing colonialism.


Zimbabwean Opposition Senator And Rights Lawyer David Coltart, On Twitter


He was a colossus on the Zimbabwean stage & his enduring positive legacy will be his role in ending white minority rule & expanding a quality education to all Zimbabweans.


China's foreign ministry

Mugabe was an outstanding national liberation movement leader and politician of Zimbabwe.

Throughout his life, he has firmly defended the sovereignty of his country, opposed foreign interference, and actively promoted China-Zimbabwe and China-Africa friendship and cooperation.--SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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