WINDHOEK, 21 JUL – The late Theo-Ben Gurirab had been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Zimbabwe National Defence University’s International Conference on Peace, Security and International Studies slated for 24 and 25 July 2018.
This was according to Zimbabwean Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda during the official memorial service of the late Gurirab on Friday.
“Despite his unplanned absenteeism from the conference, we know that it will go ahead and his spirit will guide us throughout,” Mudenda expressed.
In his message of condolence through Mudenda, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa remembered Gurirab’s immense contribution to the liberation struggle of Namibia.
He noted that the two countries’ relationship would also not exist, without the contribution from Gurirab as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mnangagwa expressed his sincere condolences to the Namibian nation at large, noting that it has indeed lost a “gallant son of the soil”.
Other sympathisers included former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who equally expressed sadness towards the death of Gurirab through their emissaries.