Mugabe Mourns Scott King

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Mugabe said the people of Zimbabwe would continue to cherish her good work and the close relations they had with her, bearing fond memories of her friendly visits to Zimbabwe in 1983, 1986 and 1990. "In this moment of great loss and sadness, it is my sincere hope that you will be comforted by the knowledge that the spirit of Mrs. King will continue to live through the legacy that she left for the black people of this world," the veteran 82-year-old leader said.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe described the death of Coretta King as a loss of a “dedicated and unflinching heroine� in the fight for civil rights whose achievement, together with those of her late husband left an indelible mark on the struggle for the dignity and respect of Black people globally, in ceremonies this week.

"On behalf of the Government and people of Zimbabwe, and indeed, on my own behalf, I would like to convey my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the Martin Luther King Foundation on the very sad and untimely passing on of Mrs. Coretta Scott King," Mugabe said. He said the people of Zimbabwe would continue to cherish her good work and the close relations they had with her, bearing fond memories of her friendly visits to Zimbabwe in 1983, 1986 and 1990. "In this moment of great loss and sadness, it is my sincere hope that you will be comforted by the knowledge that the spirit of Mrs. King will continue to live through the legacy that she left for the black people of this world," the veteran 82-year-old leader said.

Coretta Scott-King died of a heart attack on January 31. Thousands of people including former heads of state and leaders worldwide mourned the 'First Lady' of civil rights who kept her husband's dream of non-violence and racial equality alive for nearly four decades after his murder  in 1968. She was one of the most admired women of the struggle both at home and abroad.
Scott King was quite vocal and supportive of the liberation movements in the entire southern African region in their fight for independence.

Her life mirrors the journey of the entire civil rights movement -a journey of hardship, struggle and now -liberation. There is no doubt that when history is written and re-written, her life oozes out human goodness and offers black people a powerful reason of hope.
Tsiko is The Black Star News’s Southern Africa correspondent based in Zimbabwe.

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