By Ivan Mwine
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has sent his counterpart in South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa a hearty condolence message following the demise of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who passed away on Sunday, aged 90.
Archbishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was one of the continent’s greatest Pan-Africanists and contributed greatly towards the fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
In his condolence message, President Museveni described Tutu as a person who abhorred intolerance, injustice and racial discrimination.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Uganda and indeed, on my own behalf, I wish to convey to you my dear brother @CyrilRamaphosa & through you to the family of the Late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu our deepest condolences and sympathies as we mourn our liberation icon,” Museveni wrote on twitter.
“He will be remembered as one of the greatest and courageous leaders of South Africa, who came face to face with the apartheid regime demanding justice, freedom, and equality for the black people,” the President added.
Hailing Tutu for his great works, Museveni said; “His contribution to struggles against injustice, racial discrimination, and intolerance led him to the leadership of the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” which task he undertook successfully.”
“We, therefore, commiserate with you, the bereaved family, and the people of South Africa for the loss of one of the greatest sons and liberators of Africa. May the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest,” he concluded.
Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ, born 7 October 1931 and died 26 December 2021, was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position.
Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.