Museveni Mourns Mandela

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President Yoweri Museveni has sent a message of condolence to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma following the death of Nelson Mandela.

President Yoweri Museveni has sent a message of condolence to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma following the death of Nelson Mandela.
 
In a letter a copy of which was posted on the official State House Facebook page, Museveni sent condolences to the family of Mzee Mandela, to the ANC and to the People of South Africa.
 
Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, died on Thursday night at his home in Johannesburg. At the time of his death, the 95 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner was undergoing intensive treatment for a recurrent lung infection.
 
Museveni says Mzee Mandela, along with his colleagues Albert Luthuli, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, and Oliver Tambo among others, gave almost all their adult lives to the struggle for the freedom of South Africa and its people.
 
Museveni said it is now time for the current leaders to consolidate the work of what he called elders and ensure “Africa is immunized against future marginalization and re-colonization.”
 
Museveni’s message comes on the heels of others from leaders around the world who praised Mandela as a father-figure, an icon of peace and reconciliation and an inspiration.
 
South African President Jacob Zuma told the nation of Mandela’s death saying the nation had lost its greatest son but added that Mandela was at peace. Zuma said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, known affectionately by his clan name Madiba, had died shortly before 9pm local time. He said flags would fly at half-mast as the country prepares to give Mandela a full state funeral.
 
In Tanzania, President Jakaya Kikwete has declared three days of mourning. He said the world has lost one of its greatest citizens, calling Mandela "a voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to all.
 
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya said Mandela "embodied the power of hope and believed in the power of forgiveness, while in Rwanda, President Paul Kagame said that Mandela will continue to live in the hearts of many people.
 
The head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby, said South Africa has lost its greatest citizen and its father. Reverend Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said Mandela, is finally freed to be with his God in joy and reward for his great service and sacrifice.
 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a fellow anti-apartheid campaigner, said Mandela was not only an amazing gift to humankind, he made South Africans and Africans feel good about being who they are.
 
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Mandela as a giant among men while Sonia Gandhi, the leader of India’s ruling Congress Party said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate redefined courage and lead his nation from the front.
 
US President Barack Obama in a statement described the personal inspiration. Obama said he was one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life.
 
Obama was among the last leaders to meet Mandela six months ago when the US president visited South Africa shortly after the anti-apartheid icon had been hospitalized for a recurring lung infection.
 
British Prime Minister David Cameron called Mandela a towering figure, a legend in life and now in death, a true global hero and a great light that has gone out in the world. Cameron said that South Africa they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace.
 
France's president François Hollande, said Mandela made history of South Africa and of the whole world, as a tireless fighter against apartheid which he defeated with his courage, his obstinacy and his perseverance.
 
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Mandela worked to heal rifts within South African society and succeeded in preventing outbreaks of racial hatred. Veteran Israeli leader Shimon Peres, who like Mandela is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, praised Mandela as "a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people". Mandela spent 27 years in jail for his campaign against apartheid.
 
Born on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, as a law student. He rose through the party ranks to become one of the top leaders by the time of his high profile trial in 1964 at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his political activities. He spent most of his prison life at Robben Island before being released in 1990.