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have lost a hero
Youth of Zimbabwe for Transparency and Progress (YZTP)
We stand in
utter disbelief that Professor Makumbe is no more. We have been
robbed of a dedicated human right defender who championed social,
economic and political justice in Zimbabwe. He was among the first
few Zimbabweans to fearlessly confront and challenge Mugabe's
years of misrule and plunder. It is difficult to lecture about the
growth and development of democracy in Zimbabwe without mentioning
his name. He stood for the rights of the oppressed and marginalized
in society. There is no doubt that Africa has produced many activists
from Desmond Tutu in Southern Africa to Nab eel Rajab in Northern
Africa, but Professor, as he was affectionately known, was head
and shoulders above all of them, a hero indeed. And history has
His contribution to sustainable
development and peace, through fostering democratic values and good
governance in our motherland, will be remembered forever.
We have been robbed of
our patron, our leader and our adviser. Oh my Lord! We have been
robbed of a father, a great teacher and a democrat par excellence.
He has left a void in human rights activism that will be very difficult
to fill. We however take solace in what he taught us for all these
years and his legacy will reign forever.
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