Sadc honours Mugabe 

Source: Sadc honours Mugabe – NewsDay Zimbabwe

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe shakes President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s hand after receiving an award honouring her late husband, former President Robert Mugabe

THE late former President Robert Mugabe was yesterday honoured as one of Southern Africa’s founding fathers at the ongoing Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) summit being held in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe received the award before posing for photos with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The two publicly last met in 2019 at Mugabe’s funeral.

“Sadc honours its founding fathers. Former First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, received the award for the late former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. The awards are a way of honouring and saying thank you to the Sadc pioneers for setting the foundations for a common future for the region,” government announced on its presidential communications Twitter handle.

In 2017, Mugabe fired Mnangagwa as Vice-President. A few days later, Mugabe was forcibly removed by Mnangagwa through a military-assisted coup.

Other late former Sadc founding leaders who were honoured included Angola’s Augustinho Neto, Botswana’s Seretse Khama, Eswatini King Sobhuza II, Malawi’s Kamuzu Banda, Mozambique’s Samora Machel, Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda.

The on-going Sadc summit is being held under the theme Promoting industrialisation through, agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth.

It is expected that discussions would strengthen implementation of the Sadc Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2020-2030 which seeks to further deepen southern African regional integration and foster development in support of the industrial development and market integration pillar.

DRC President Tshisekedi Tshilombo will take over the Sadc chairpersonship from Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera at the summit, who assumed the position on August 17, 2021 during the 41st Sadc Summit held in Lilongwe, Malawi.


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    Ndebele 2 months ago

    Great to see the SADCC for what it is. It hours a man who carried out a 20 000 civilian genocide, then destroyed the the economy and the agricultural industry and provided the environment for US$15 Billion worth of diamonds to be looted by Zanu. And oh yes – he also got Dr. Gideon Gonzo to print Trillion Dollar notes to steal all investments in pension and savings. This for the SADCC is the epitome of brilliance in terms of leadership. Great that it took place in the DRC where Mugabe also had a lesson in looting and sent the Zim national army in to assist his looting. “For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s jolly good fellow.”