PAP honours and sings Mugabe praises

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has honoured and paid tribute to the late former Zimbabwean President, His Excellency Robert Gabriel MUGABE who passed on last month due to “advanced cancer” describing him as a ‘Giant of Africa.’

The PAP paid tribute to President Mugabe after a draft motion was moved by Hon. Janet KABILA of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the draft motion, the PAP decided to join African Leaders, the people of Zimbabwe, Africans and the rest of the world in paying a well-deserved tribute to the hero who recently passed away at the age of ninety-five.

“President Mugabe is also recognised for being a fervent Pan-Africanist, who defended his country and Africa on the world stage,” said the PAP President, the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG.

“We acknowledge his determination to promote and protect the rights of women, youth and children. We also acknowledge his advocacy for women as potential and essential partners in developing the African continent. We recognize firm commitment and determination of Mugabe to ensure the financial independence of the African Union Commission to enable the African Continent to take ownership of its programmes.”

Hon. Nkodo DANG also disclosed that PAP would rename some of its offices at the Secretariat after President President Mugabe as an honor for his sterling contributions to Africa.

Zimbabwean representative, Hon. Togarepi PUPURAI described him as a gift that Africa had.

“He stood for all of us as Africans in all fronts in our quest for freedom. He empowered a lot of us through education and other sound policies that seek to completely decolonize Africa,” he said.

Sahrawi’s Hon. Djamel Bendir KHATARI said President Mugabe was a legend whose legacy must be protected.

“Us, as the people of Sahrawi, we value and appreciate all efforts that are being enjoyed by Africa as a result of Mugabe’s hard work. We even recently named a class of our graduates after Mugabe as a way of protecting and keeping his legacy alive,” he said.

Hon. James KAKOOZA described him as a hero of Africa. “We will miss him, but his lessons must guide us going forward as we seek to set-up a developed Africa,” he added.

PAP Vice President, Chief Fortune CHARUMBIRA paid tribute to the continental legislative body for rendering unwavering support to the country.