We woke up this morning to the sad news of Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s death.
Although it is said that death is the necessary end of life, we don’t believe that there’s anyone who is too old to live and must die. And at 95 Comrade Bob was not too old to die.
We send our condolences first to his widow, his family circle, all who knew and loved and respected Comrade Bob and of course to all his comrades who are now mourning the passing of this remarkable man.
At times like this words seem inadequate to convey the sense of loss.
Africa and the world has lost a strong and irreplaceable anti imperialist voice.
Comrade Bob made many very serious mistakes and sometimes engaged in political practices that were difficult to defend and justify for a revolutionary. But we should be able, as revolutionaries, to distinguish between the actions of the enemy and the mistakes or weaknesses of a comrade, friend.
Comrade Bob was not only the father of the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe; he was the flagship of the anti imperialist struggle in Africa and in the world.
He will remain in history as a political leader and a man who devoted his life to the cause of national liberation, independence and the anti imperialist struggle.
We have lost anti imperialist voice. May his spirit live on in the struggles of the world’s anti imperialist forces and his heart rest easy in his beloved Zimbabwe.
Issued by Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party.
September 6, 2019
Garden Compound, Lusaka.