Mbabazi Issues Statement On Life and Times Of Mandela


try geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Earlier in the week, the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga opened a condolence book in parliament as a way of showing her sorrow at the passing of world peace icon, Mandela.

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Mbabazi has today, Monday morning, issued another statement celebrating the life and times of Mandela.

Here is the full statement:

The passing on of Nelson Madiba Mandela…

Nelson Madiba Mandela was an iconic global leader, inspiring African freedom fighter and the first black president of the republic of South Africa.

President Nelson Mandela has been a colossus of a personality, who for decades embodied the enduring spirit of self-determination and struggle for equality and freedom for the oppressed people in Africa and across the globe.

In South Africa, he endured 27 torture-some years of incarceration by the then apartheid regime which suppressed the quest for universal equality of people, humanity and self rule.

He gracefully and courageously resisted all efforts aimed at breaking his fighting spirit, resilience, personal sacrifice and courageous leadership.

By successfully fighting apartheid, he restored the dignity of the black people in Africa and the entire world.

In 1994, when he became the first black person to be elected president, he put his past experiences with the oppressive leaders behind him and promoted reconciliation with perpetrators of the oppressive system of apartheid.

He embarked on nation building, paving the way for a stable, united and prosperous multi-racial South Africa that we see today.

Across Africa, President Nelson Mandela will always be remembered as a role model and source of inspiration for many leaders and freedom movements struggling for equality on the continent.

He will always stand out as a visionary leader, a paragon of hope and a source of inspiration.

President Nelson Mandela found time to document his experiences and struggles in the book, “The Long Walk To Freedom”, a priceless source of knowledge for the present and future generations.

During this period of sadness and sorrow, the government of the republic of Uganda and the entire population of Uganda, stand in solidarity and prayer, with the family of the late, the people of the republic of South Africa, Africa as a whole and indeed the world at large.

As we reflect on the passing on of comrade Madiba Mandela, we celebrate his life and exceptional legacy that has touched many and indeed left an indelible positive impact on the people in Africa and world over.

In recognition of his immense contribution to South Africa, Africa and humanity in general, all flags in Uganda and at our missions abroad, shall fly at half-mast until his burial.

In addition, a condolence book has been opened at the parliamentary foyer, at the Parliament of Uganda.

All people are encouraged to go and express their condolences during working hours.

On behalf of the people of Uganda, Uganda government, and on my own behalf, we pray that the Almighty God grants the soul of president, Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela, a peaceful eternal rest.

For God and My Country.

Amama Mbabazi,


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