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21/05/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Cry me a river ... Mzembi (left) receives Mugabe portrait
 
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A MINISTER has admitted crying after being presented with a framed picture of President Robert Mugabe as a young man.

Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi described the picture – a present from a group called Friends of Joshua Trust – was “monumental”, the minister later said.

“I was overcome by emotion. I did not expect this. It is monumental! At times I fail to explain to the ordinary person how it feels to serve under a first republican President,” Mzembi said, according to the official Herald newspaper.

“This is why I could not hold back my tears.”
 
The framed picture – presented at the official opening of the 37th Africa Travel Association Congress in Victoria Falls –  shows Mugabe in his 30s casually dressed with a scarf around his neck.

Vice President Joice Mujuru was presented with a portrait of Mbuya Nehanda, the spirit medium who inspired the first revolt against British colonial rule in Mashonaland.

Mzembi said: “Shar­ing the experience and founding phi­losophy of the revolution and nationhood was done directly and not read in books. I got it directly from President Mugabe and I still get it. It’s different from reading from the books.

“We live to experience such legacy from founding fathers like Nkwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, Seretse Khama. It will never be the same expe­rience past these personalities because every presidency has its own legacy and nothing beats that of founding fathers.”



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