Legislators across the political divide and political analysts have hailed President Robert Mugabe’s speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as appropriate, frank and constructive, saying it reflected the President as an internationalist who believes in justice and equality for all nations.

Cde Mugabe’s address touched on a number of issues including the need for the reform of the UN to reflect the principle of equality of nations, climate change where he expressed sympathy with the people of hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico, despite the united states pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and responded to the ‘bullying Goliath,’ United States President Donald Trump.

“He did not mince his words but confronted the supremacists, telling them to respect other nations,” a legislator, Cde Psychology Maziwisa said.

Another legislator, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said: “He is a brave leader, not afraid to confront neo-colonialists head on. Apart from calling for UN reforms, he frankly exposed the USA’s hypocrisy of not wanting other countries to pursue nuclear projects, while it has nuclear weapons.”   

Professor Claude Mararike from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Department of Social Studies and a legislator, Temba Mliswa weighed in, hailing President Mugabe’s calls for unity and respect for the globe to tackle several challenges its people are facing.

In his address upon President Mugabe’s return from the general assembly in New York, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the President is a giant of the oppressed and voiceless developing countries.