By Banthu Times Reporter 16/122013
President Dr. Joyce Banda has appealed to African leaders to put the welfare of their people at heart and work with the aim of uplifting their well-being.
Banda was speaking at Qunu in Eastern Cape on Sunday during the burial ceremony of Nelson Madiba Mandela, who all his life, was the international icon.
The President said the example set by Mandela was an admirable one which, if all leaders were to adopt, could help in transforming the nations and the lives of the people.
“Our father always promoted unity, he made sure that people do not fight and do not discriminate others because of colour, economic status and region of origin.
“Nelson Mandela also made sure that the life of the people was improved by working tirelessly and implementing programmes that directed benefited the rural poor,” explained Banda.
She added: ” I appeal to you my fellow leaders to follow the path that our fallen hero took and have the same courage that the first black South African democratically elected President had.”
Banda disclosed that all her life she admired Mandela for his dedication in trying to bring equality and justice in a better life for all.
“Africa has lost a father and the world role model. I admired his sense of humanity as always worked for the people and putting their life at heart,” she explained.
Banda then called on the African continent and the world at large to remain united even now that Mandela was dead.
“Mandela fought for unity and today he has accomplished his mission, my appeal to all nation is to keep his legacy and remain united,” she said.
In his eulogy, President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said it was painful for Africa to lose a great man who fought for a free South Africa.
Zuma said Mandela was a fountain of wisdom, pillar of strength and a beacon of hope.
“There are number of lessons that we have learnt from father Mandela. We will remember him as man of his integrity, unity, peace and collective leadership,” Zuma said.
Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia and close friend of Mandela said the late President always preached about love and unity.
“Mandela always said we must love our neighbours regardless of colour, sex and region we coming from. Let us continue with that peace by loving our friends,” he said.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18,1918 in Qunu, Eastern Cape which is under the province of Cape Town.