World leaders’ reactions to Mugabe’s death


1. 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.

2. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

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.

3. Tanzanian President John Magufuli

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

4. Zimbabwean Opposition Senator And Rights Lawyer David Coltart.

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.

5. Mpho Balopi, secretary-general, Botswana Democratic Party

Comrade Mugabe was one of Africa’s most renowned freedom fighters and also one of the founding fathers of what is today known as SADC (the intergovernmental Southern African Development Community, whose headquarters are in Botswana).

6. China’s foreign ministry

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.

7. UK prime minister’s spokeswoman

“…. Under his rule the people of Zimbabwe suffered greatly as he impoverished their country and sanctioned the use of violence against them,” she said.

8. Namibian President Hage Geingob

As Namibians, we owe President Mugabe a deep sense of gratitude for his immense and selfless contributions to the liberation of our country … The loss of the people of Zimbabwe is Africa’s loss.

9. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari believes Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity.

10. Russian President Vladimir Putin

The people of Russia will remember him as a consistent advocate of developing friendly relations between our countries and a person who had accomplished a great deal to strengthen mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation.


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