Africa Moyo Deputy News Editor
The country’s civil service has joined the nation and the world in mourning the passing on of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who has been described as a distinguished cadre who fought tirelessly to liberate and empower citizens.
In a statement yesterday, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said Cde Mugabe’s death robbed the country of an “outstanding nationalist and a pan-Africanist par excellence”.
“The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, deputy chief secretaries, senior management of the Office of the President and the rest of the civil service, join His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Mugabe family and the nation as a whole, in mourning the sad passing on of the founding father of our nation and former President of our country, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe on 6th September 2019,” said Dr Sibanda.
“In Cde R. G. Mugabe, our country, and indeed Africa as a whole, has lost a selfless revolutionary leader, outstanding nationalist and a pan-Africanist par excellence.
“Our beloved departed former President has left us an enduring legacy of commitment to national peace and unity, which he pursued through his far-sighted policy of national reconciliation, the 22 December 1987 Unity Accord between ZANU and ZAPU and other subsequent unifying efforts he undertook throughout his leadership.”
Dr Sibanda said as a people-centred leader, Cde Mugabe assiduously laboured towards the upliftment of the livelihoods and dignity of citizens.
He said the former President uplifted citizens through policies such as Growth with Equity, in the areas of education, health, housing and labour, as well as pursuing the land reform programme.
Dr Sibanda said Cde Mugabe will be fondly remembered by citizens for his firm stance against the vicious onslaught from decadent foreign sub-cultures that sought to destroy the nation’s moral fabric, the family system, cultural and Christian values.
“Much as he was a true son of the Zimbabwean soil at heart and spirit, he, too, was a continental icon, whose devotion to the pristine principles of pan-Africanism was unquestionable,” he said.
“He was indeed a principled and exceptional statesman of his generation, who steadfastly championed the rights of the African people, both on the continent and in the Diaspora.
“His pan-Africanist ideals and unyielding quest for social justice, as well as the sovereign equality of nations, saw him emerge as the conscience and face of Africa’s patent resistance to the hegemonic tendencies that characterise the prevailing global-political order.”
Dr Sibanda said the entire civil service pays “special tribute” to the former President for entrusting them as civil servants, with the weighty responsibility of serving the nation in various capacities.
He said special condolences go to former First Lady Grace Mugabe, the children and all relatives and friends of the Mugabe family.