Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma has paid tribute to the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, saying Africa has lost one of its greatest sons
Speaking at the funeral of the late leader in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Zuma praised Zenawi’s legacy which was defined by the sprawling city that Addis Ababa had become, the stability that Ethiopia enjoys and its new-found ability to provide food for its people.
“With Prime Minister Zenawi at the helm, a generation of Ethiopians has seen their country emerge from hunger and destitution to be a fast growing economy. The policies of his party and government have delivered a sustained double digit economic growth rate. If this continues, his beloved Ethiopia will become a middle-income country.”
He said Zenawi’s ideas were framed around the need to achieve social justice for his people and conquer poverty not just in Ethiopia but in all parts of Africa.
“As African leaders we are proud of Prime Minister Zenawi and the leadership he provided on issues affecting the continent, around the globe. He took a leading role on Africa’s negotiations on climate change, in peacemaking in Sudan and in the fight to bring stability back to Somalia,” Zuma added.
The President once again extended his condolences to the people and government of Ethiopia and Zenawi’s family and friends.
Zenawi was being treated abroad at a hospital for an undisclosed illness when he had a sudden infection and passed away.