While deeply saddened and shocked by this precipitous loss in my life, I remain resolute that none who’ve spent their waking moments — sometimes decades — struggling for freedom and prosperity shall have done so in vain.
But let me take this tragic occasion to say, let us never ever forget the critical role of our families, too — children, fathers, husbands, mothers and…wives — who may never have chosen to be directly engaged in the struggle for freedom and democracy, but without who’s support none of us would be where we are today. Let us never forget the sacrifices of our family members. Let us never fail to appreciate the role they play.
Ours is an epic struggle for what is right, just and true. It is a difficult struggle that my beloved Amai Susan endured with great dignity, strength and courage. And it is a struggle she would want all of us to continue without stopping too many moments for tears of sadness.
But, of course, healing will take time, and I intend to take time to mourn with my children. During my brief absence the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Khupe will carry out my duties.
We are shattered by this loss, but know we cannot afford to lose time. Our children’s future depends on us. The clock is ticking and we must and shall not flinch. We shall not waiver. We shall not lose focus. Even when life continues to try to knock us down we must not give up, grow afraid, or despair.
My Fellow Zimbabweans, let us together move toward that horizon of peace and prosperity which today may seem so very far away – but which we know God has given us the strength to reach. With the grace of God, someday soon we will not only see, but even celebrate – a new tomorrow, a new hope for ourselves and our beloved Zimbabwe, and a new commitment to genuine healing and unity of purpose.
I shall not lose faith during this very dark time, and I ask that neither shall you.
May God bless you and may God bless Zimbabwe.