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Robert Mugabe Honoured As One Of SADC Founding Leaders

Robert Mugabe Honoured As One Of SADC Founding Leaders

Late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was honoured this week as one of the SADC founding leaders.

The honour was bestowed on him along with 7 other leaders of Souther African states who came together to form The Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC).

All the founding leaders are now late.

List of the SADC Founding leaders

  • Angola: Agostinho Neto (died 10 September 1979)
  • Botswana: Seretse Khama (died 13 July 1980)
  • Eswatini: King Sobhuza (died 21 August 1982)
  • Mozambique: Samora Machel (died 19 October 1986)
  • Malawi: Hastings Kamuzu Banda (died 25 November 1997)
  • Tanzania: Julius Nyerere (died 14 October 1999)
  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe (died 6 Sept 2019)
  • Zambia: Kenneth Kaunda (died 17 June 2021)


The legacy of leadership left behind by the SADC founding leaders is mixed. Some leaders, like Mugabe, while being credited for advancing the interest of Africans in education and land ownership, are criticised for leading extremely corrupt governments and failing to navigate international power dynamics. 

Mugabe left power unceremoniously in a coup executed by the military and apparently co-planned by his then ousted deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. It was President Mnangagwa this week who handed over the medal of honour to Mugabe’s widow, Grace Mugabe.

SADC as a regional bloc also has also had limited success in integrating it’s members states to allow for freer movement and trade. In South Africa, for example, immigrants from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique are increasingly viewed undesiresables even by senior members of key political parties ANC.

Africans in SADC Bloc also still require passports to enter the member countries and cannot freely work or establish businesses without first attaining work or business permits, which are generally hard to get.

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??? 1 month ago

achievements of sadc?

Zimcitizen 1 month ago

SADC is a toothless club, more of a Burial Society or Tea club.

Research on SADC Activities 1 month ago

SADC was not created to solve Zimbabwe's political problems.It has numerous spe****ts on Trade Customs, Standardization etc at the Gaberone Offices. Some of the spe****ts are Zimbabweans.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

P.S. It was originally called The Frontline States, meaning frontline for freedom or frontline against colonialism.

Apologies for the lack of clarity.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Originally it was Southern African Development
and Coordination Conference (SADCC) mainly to coordinate liberation of Southern African efforts towards liberation of the remaining countries in Southern Africa, viz. South Africa and Namibia.

The change of name came after South Africa and Namibia gained independence in 1994.

Revelation 1 month ago

These leaders tried their best but the real reason why Africa is still behind its because of Security.. Africa doesn't provide a security guarantee to any investors. Look at DRC there's always war and look here in Zimbabwe we still use world war 2 weapons

ZUPCO 1 month ago

I noticed that jab at ANC.....haha...well it's a political move....they need to gunner more siding with the wishes of the general populas gets uu the votes in 2024 elections however SA will suffer when Zimbabweans leave.....but they won't suffer kusvika patiri.....they gonna beg us....mark my comment

Gwedu 1 month ago

Zanu pf failed to make that honour, what a shame?


Zvimba 1 month ago

I miss mugabe reign than compared to what we are facing now

spectacular splendour 1 month ago

well the founding fathers did run very well with the core purpose of Sadcc.its only that when the org changed to sadc the objectives were a bit lofty and unattainable

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago


mdara bondnote 1 month ago

Africa without our own technology, dololo. Ma technologically advanced states will remain our masters.

ErectileDisfunction_org 1 month ago

SADC is useless like Mugabe was.
They threw Mugabe under the bus when he most needed their support.

gogodera 1 month ago

ngavatipe mari kwete kutikamunhu kakaurayanyika kaigona saddc

ndini ndabvunza 1 month ago

ko munangarwa wenyu acha pihwawo medal yekuuraya nehudzvanyiriri nekuba Nani. ini ndingari Pisa 🏅 medal racho

worried citizen 1 month ago

kotodya sadc here hatina basa nazvo zvese chatoda basa nemari inoshanda chero mukaitira meeting yenyu pasi pemvura tofara

R.G.M 1 month ago

You guys miss me

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