The MDC has said former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe played a significant role in the liberation struggle.
See the full statement below :
The MDC notes with sadness the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding leader, Mr. Robert Mugabe.
As a party that advances the ideals of the liberation struggle, we acknowledge Mr. Mugabe’s important role in laying the foundation of an independent Africa and an independent Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mugabe missed an opportunity of leading and leaving. He could have bowed out earlier and left the political scene in a more dignified manner than being stampeded out.
In 2008, Mr. Mugabe lost the election but he stayed on, through the influence of his sidekicks, some of whom have today become an albatross to the country.
We had our differences with him, particularly on the issue of respecting human rights and his failure to create a truly inclusive society that failed to place the country on a positive trajectory for growth.
In the true African value of ubuntu, we pay our condolences to the Mugabe family as we join the nation in mourning a founding African statesman.
The United States and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa have mourned the death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who died in Singapore on Friday.
Mugabe died at the age of 95 at a hospital in Singapore.
In a message on its Twitter handle, the United States said:
"The United States extends its condolences to the Mugabe family and the people of Zimbabwe as they mourn the passing of former President Robert Mugabe. We join the world in reflecting on his legacy in securing Zimbabwe's independence."
Chamisa said his party recognises Mugabe's contribution to Zimbabwe's Independence.
"My condolences to the Mugabe family and Africa for the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding President. This is a dark moment for the family because a giant among them has fallen. May the Lord comfort them.
"Even though I and our party, the MDC, had great political differences with the late former President during his tenure in office, and disagreed for decades, we recognise his immense contribution to the liberation struggle which brought to colonialism," said Chamisa.
"There's so much to say for a life of 95 years and national leadership spanning over 37 years but in the true spirit of Ubuntu, we would like to give this moment to mourning but there will be time for greater reflection."