Saharawi Republic declares 3 days of mourning for Robert Mugabe

Bir Lehlu (Saharawi Republic) 6 September 2019 (SPS)- The Saharawi Republic declared in a press release issued by the Presidency on Friday, that the country and all its diplomatic representations abroad will observe 3 days of mourning for the death of the former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

It is with “deep grief and sorrow, that we received at the Saharawi Presidency the news of the loss of former Zimbabwean President, the great African freedom fighter, Robert Mugabe, this Friday, 06 September 2019,” the text reads.

“His great legacy of struggle for liberation in his own country, Zimbabwe, then in Africa in general and, in particular, in South Africa, Namibia and Western Sahara, remains an eternal testimony that President Mugabe is one of the greatest African leaders who have made the continent's liberation from colonialism and apartheid, and the unity of its people the ultimate goal of their lives,” the press release emphasised.

Like all African peoples, the text adds “the Sahrawi people loses with the passing away of President Mugabe a great and sincere friend, who played since the first moments of his country's independence, along with many African presidents, a prominent role in the adoption by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) of the just Sahrawi cause, then in the Sahrawi Republic’s admission as a full-fledged member state in the continental organisation in the 1980s.”

Robert Gabriel Mugabe “has been a strong and fierce advocate of the Sahrawi people’s plight in all international forums, and has always reiterated with conviction and determination that Africa will never be completely free and independent as long as the Sahrawi people do not enjoy freedom and independence.”

The 3 days of mourning of the death of “this great son of Africa through the country” starts from Saturday, September 7, 2019.

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