AS IT HAPPENED | For many years, generations to come we shall continue to draw inspiration from the leadership, courage, valiant leader of an independent Zimbabwe - Mnangagwa

2019-09-14 09:44

Zimbabweans and state leaders pay tribute to former president Robert Mugabe.

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95 doves released, in honour of the years Robert G Mugabe lived.

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WATCH | Mugabe Memorial: 'South Africans are not xenophobic' - Ramaphosa booed, apologises for violent attacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa was booed at former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's memorial in Harare on Saturday.

Earlier the South African president had received a lukewarm applause when his arrival was announced at the Rufaro Stadium where the memorial service was being held.

Taking to the podium, Ramaphosa told the crowd that their former president had been a close ally and friend to South Africa's African National Congress.


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Mnangagwa: we shall remain guided by the Mugabe family as we go forward. God bless you all. And he’s done.

Speeches done now it’s the viewing of the body.


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Mnangagwa: today Southern Africa mourns the loss of a front liner. Says the continent is in sorrow. 

Mnangagwa thanks Grace Mugabe “for looking after our commander right till the end”, tells her she will continue to have his support. 

Mnangagwa: a true statesman who defended our country throughout his life.


14 Sep 14:29
Mnangagwa: thanks to Cde Gabriel Mugabe and his breed of Africanist, nationalist freedom fighters.

14 Sep 13:48
Mnangagwa now at the podium noting the "great Mugabe family". 

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Ramaphosa finishes off his speech in Shona, crowd now cheering and clapping for the SA head of state.

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 SA President Cyril Ramaphosa booed by Zimbabweans as he took to the podium.

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Rawlings “a pioneer of black assertiveness” he goes on to offer condolences to Grace Mugabe and the former leader’s children “go well great one” he concludes.

14 Sep 13:05
Jerry Rawlings representing Ghana, describing how Mugabe’s “outstanding leadership” helped attain independence for Zimbabwe, mentions “eloquent speeches... never lost his oratory skills and sharp wit”.

14 Sep 13:04

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Kenyatta says Mugabe was shunned by some for his belief in the African cause. Recalls Mugabe’s last visit to Kenya in 2016. 

Kenyatta calling on the continent to unite and guard against influences that erode its values.


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Kenyatta says he’s here to celebrate a liberation icon, founding father of Zimbabwe & eldest statement on the continent.

14 Sep 12:35
Kenyatta at the podium now.

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Dignitaries now given a chance to address mourners, starting with Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Mbasogo. 

Mbasogo speaking of the tragic passing of the former Zimbabwean leader “a true Africanist icon”.

Mbasogo describes Mugabe as a true defender of human dignity, think many would disagree with this view.


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'Life here goes backwards': Water crisis makes things even worse in Zimbabwe

Trudging home along a dusty street in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo, Sikhathele Ndlovu balances a 20-litre bucket of water on her head, a ritual she’s performed daily for almost a decade.

Persistent drought on top of existing faulty piping means there’s little prospect of an end to her back-breaking trek to the communal borehole.

"Nothing comes from the pipes to our homes now," the 51-year-old widow said during a break on her 20-minute journey through the city’s Cowdray Park township. "Open the tap and not even a drip."


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Chidakwa touches on land, “others felt it wasn’t right. But he said no... carried it to its completion”.

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Chidakwa: he taught us to be who you are, not to pretend.

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Chidakwa: I have confidence that as we remember him, go through his memory we recall his voice calling for unity, bringing us together as a nation 

14 Sep 12:15
Chidakwa: language of unity and togetherness was his language. Says Mugabe detested tribalism.

14 Sep 12:14

Family representative Walter Chidakwa speaking now:

Chidakwa says when Mugabe’s remains arrived in the country, the crowd came out in a way never seen, “a genuine overflow of kindness”.


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Stadium starting to fill up.

14 Sep 11:58
Minister of Religion Father Muguthi starting off.

14 Sep 11:54

Mugabe Memorial: Heads of state expected to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's former president

Different heads of state are expected to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday.

A memorial service in his honour is set to take place at the national stadium in Harare, this after the 95-year-old died in a Singaporean hospital last week. 

He will, however, following a week of tense discussions and a public chastising of the Zimbabwean government by his family, not laid to rest on Sunday as it had been previously communicated.


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Now Mnangagwa’s leaving. Going to join the cortège and accompany it into the stadium 

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Namibia’s Sam Nujoma & DRC’s Joseph Kabila just arrived.

Loud cheer as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his way into the stadium.

Another iconic name; Kenneth Kaunda from Zambia just arrived.


14 Sep 10:58
Loud cheers as visuals of the cortège are shown. Mugabe’s headed to the national stadium.

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14 Sep 10:57
More officials arriving. A delegation from Cuba just announced.

14 Sep 10:54

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