On Sunday at exactly 15:45 pm the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi was laid to rest amidst adorations from African leaders.
The leaders took turns to hail the deceased for his spirited fight against poverty and advancement of better Africa for Africans.
In his eulogy, the Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali could not hold back his grief for loss of former Prime Minister, saying Zenawi contributed much towards development of Africa and that each time Ethiopia held international conferences, he was able to recognize the presence of Malawi.
“Africa has lost a beacon that formed source of hope for all Africans. Zenawi played a big role to ensure that peace and tranquility prevails across Africa,” Kachali said.
Kachali also hailed Ethiopians for a massive turn up to pay their homage to their fallen hero, saying it showed respect and unity among them. He urged Malawians to borrow a leaf from their counterparts on how they respect their leaders.
“I urge Malawians to respect their leaders as well. This portrays unity among citizens,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn expressed his disbelief that Zenawi was gone for good, saying the deceased was not only leader of Ethiopia but rather for the whole Africa.
He explained that the departed Prime Minister always thought of how to develop Africa for the betterment of Africans, adding that he had plans to connect electricity to all east African nations in order to woo investors.
“He abundantly contributed a lot for the development Ethiopians are enjoying today. Not only that but also Africa as a continent benefitted much from his unwavering support towards social welfare of Africans.
“Zenawi was our architect of renaissance in this country. We feel big pain for this loss and he will continue living in our heart,” Desalegn said.
Sharing the sentiments, President of South Africa Jacob Zuma explained how he adored Zenawi, saying he was a rare gem that could choose and make right decisions for the benefit of his people and African countries. He said during international meetings former Prime Minister could constructively contribute in order to enhance better Africa.
“I’m privileged to have worked with Meles. Some of you can remember his constructive contributions during meetings in order to create a better Africa. He transformed Ethiopia and Africa from hunger starved and destitution to food secure nation and continent at large,” Zuma said.
Meles Zenawi died on 20 August, 2012 after suffering from infection. He died at the age of 57 after ruling Ethiopia as Prime Minister for 21 years.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :