President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s gesture to visit MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who is battling cancer of the colony, has been hailed by analysts as a demonstration of goodwill and African values, Ubuntu, which should be emulated by all progressive Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation.
The first South African black president, the late Nelson Mandela became one of the embodiment of Ubuntu with his African philosophy that, ‘I am, because of you,’ while Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee once defined Ubuntu using slightly different words, that ‘I am what I am because of who we all are.’
In the same vein, prominent lawyer, Jonathan Samkange described President Mnangagwa’s visit to ex-Prime Minister Tsvangirai as a symbol of Ubuntu.
“It demonstrates that the President respects and values the essence of humanity and democracy,” he said.
An activist and founder of Heart of A Woman Trust, Ms Verna Zisengwe also hailed President Mnangagwa’s gesture.
“By visiting an opposition leader during the time of illness, the President did not only bring relief to the Tsvangirai family, but also provided a special platform to discuss his welfare and critical needs with the President,” she said.
President Mnangagwa, accompanied by Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga on Friday paid a visit to Mr Tsvangirai at his residence in Highlands, Harare where they shared lighter moments about the ex-Prime Minister’s health and welfare.