September 6, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(JUBA) – The ruling SPLM party has described late Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe as hero for Africa and South Sudan.
“I want to convey my sincere condolences on behalf of the SPLM leadership and on behalf of the entire membership of the SPLM and SPLM national headquarters in Juba. First of all comrade Robert Mugabe His Excellency to us is a hero for Africa and hero for us as South Sudan because the role he played in supporting not only the liberation movement in South Sudan but his support for all the liberation movements in Africa”, said SPLM’s acting spokesman to Eye Radio today.
Former president Robert Mugabe died today at the age of 95.
He had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017 after 37 years in power.
The former president was praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority.
He was born on 21 February 1924 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe).
Although many people in Southern Rhodesia went only as far as grammar school, Mugabe was fortunate enough to receive a good education.
He attended school at the local Jesuit mission under the supervision of school director Father O’Hea, who turned out to be a powerful influence on him.
O’Hea taught Mugabe that all people should be treated equally and educated to the fulfilment of their abilities.
Mugabe’s teachers, who called him “a clever lad,” were early to recognise his abilities as considerable.
Uncle Bob, as people used to call him, was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticizing the government of Rhodesia in 1964.
Many African countries have sent their condolence messages to Zimbabwe with the government of South Africa labeling Mugabe “a fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter”.