via Tribute to Nelson Mandela December 9, 2013 via ZimbabweSituation Facebook
Today, we join South Africa and the rest of the world not in mourning but commemorating and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, an iconic statesman whose influence and towering image overlapped two historic centuries. Great people are even greater in death. Such was Nelson Mandela.
Not only was Madiba a citizen of South Africa, but indeed, a citizen of the universe. While he was deprived of 27 precious years of his life through circumstances too painful to mention, at ZUNDE, we strongly believe that the three remarkable decades shall forever be inscribed in our hearts.
Mandela’s unprecedented incarceration was not in vain. If anything, it was time that that was invested in probity. Through his selfless sacrifice, we have leant, understood and appreciated the true meaning of forgiveness, unity, dignity, humility, humanity and most importantly, freedom. He also taught us that it is quite possible for a founding father to voluntarily exit active politics and enjoy private life while the country still moves on.
Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE) represents aspirations of a new generation of progressive Zimbabweans who take pride in reflecting on Nelson Mandela’s amazing life as a template for building our future and that of posterity. Nelson Mandela admirably and fully accomplished his mission. He inspires us to accomplish ours too. That one of the greatest statesmen of our time will be buried in his rural village of Qunu, demonstrates that Madiba’s humility extends beyond the grave.
Hamba kahle Madiba.
(Zimbabweans United for Democracy)