Pan African Parliament honours Late Robert Mugabe
Pan African Parliament honours Late Robert Mugabe for his effort in fighting for freedom. Photo/Agency

Late Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean president honoured by the Pan African Parliament for his effort in fighting for freedom on the African continent

Following the death of former Zimbabwe president, late Robert Mugabe that occurred on September 6, 2019, in a Singapore hospital, he has been honoured as a freedom fighter and pan Africanist, by the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

Mugabe who ruled Zimbabwe for 38 years since independence, was lauded by every speaker and later on legislators sitting on PAP collectively agreed to rebrand the Presidential Lounge in the parliamentary chamber, Robert Mugabe Room in honour of his leadership and fight for freedom on the African Continent.

PAP as well honoured him as a fervent Pan-Africanist who stood strong in defending Zimbabwe and Africa in particular, on the world platform.

Hon Jaynet Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo moved the motion to honour the late Mugabe seconded by Hon Haidara Aichata of Mali, also serving as the second Vice President of PAP alongside Hon Jacqueline Amongin of Uganda, during the plenary sitting, held in South Africa on Wednesday 16, October 2019.

Hon Sidia Sama Jatta of the Gambia addressing the Plenary said that the late Mugabe did commendable work when he freed the white man from oppressing Africans.

While Hon Beatrice Kones of Kenya said Mugabe is the best Pan Africanist Africa has ever had because he liberated Zimbabwe and uniformly empowered his people without discrimination.

“We all know, as Africans, that we have never had a Pan-Africanist of the calibre of Robert Mugabe; he is the best Pan-Africanist we have ever had in African. He led his people to independence and taught his people to be very courageous. He empowered his people; the youths, the women and the men equally,” Kones stated.

Still at PAP, Hon James Kakooza of Uganda referred to Mugabe as a true African hero, because he did not only fight for Zimbabwe his mother nation but also struggled for freedoms of other African countries.

He, however, appealed to other African leaders to copy Mugabe’s leadership skills to create unity among African Countries.

“Not only did Mugabe involve himself with Zimbabwe affairs, but he also went an extra mile. After the scramble of Africa, he came to the centre stage for various African countries helping them fight for their freedoms,” Kakaooza said.

Hon Yeremia Chihana of Malawi said that the late Mugabe selflessly supported the late Dr Kamuzu Banda in the fight for freedom to turn Malawi what it is today.

“The fight against the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was properly facilitated and anchored by Robert Mugabe to support late Dr Kamuzu Banda in the fight for freedom,” Kamuzu said.

And the third Vice President of PAP, Chief Fortune Charumbira of Zimbabwe said that Mugabe was a principled man who had a love for his country, after he left his lucrative lecturing work in Ghana, to come and fight for Zimbabwe’s freedom, which he later paid with 10-year imprisonment.

He, however, asked Members of Parliament at PAP to support the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe during his reign.

Late Robert Mugabe – Biography

Robert Mugabe was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia, a British colony, operated by its white minority.

He was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who is referred to as a liberation icon. He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial, after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.

He first served as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987, and then as a president from 1987 to 2017, when he was ousted in a military coup and succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He died at the age of 95 in a Singapore hospital where he was receiving treating, since April this year.