Father Fidelis Mukonori, the spiritual adviser to the late founding father of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has said that the former president was a selfless person who forfeited everything to join the armed struggle. In an exclusive interview with Blessed Mhlanga (BM), a senior reporter with the Standard on Saturday, Mukonori (FM) said that Mugabe sacrificed everything he had. Below are excerpts from the interview.
BM: What should Mugabe be remembered for by Zimbabweans and the world?
FM: President Mugabe will be remembered as Robert, Bob.
His best friends called him Bob all the time and President Mugabe will be known in Zimbabwe as a founding father.
Definitely, in 1980 he was the first executive prime minister of a new country, Zimbabwe.
He is remembered for running the race with other colleagues.
He worked tirelessly and he sacrificed his well-being, his life and his education.
He is a man who went into politics when he already had six degrees.
Anyone would not have wanted to waste time with politics, but he forfeited that and decided to use that education to run the race with the rest of the black masses against the Rhodesians of that time, that he will be remembered for, the sacrifices he made.
Worldwide I remember very well in 1978 those who were making comparisons of liberation movements, the Patriotic Front came out as a shining star and Zanla forces as number one. He was the commander-in-chief of the Zanla forces.
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