By Oleen Ndori
Today the SADC region remembers the iconic revolutionary and former Mozambican President Samora Moises Machel who died on this day in 1986.
After attaining education from missionary institutions in the then Portugal colonised Mozambique, Samora Machel joined the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), which sent him to Algeria for military training.
President Machel is fondly remembered for his commitment to not only see the SADC region free from colonial rule but the entire African continent.
“Samora was a student of Nyerere. He was very radical, very revolutionary and he led the armed liberation struggle of Mozambique after the death of Mondhlane and he distinguished himself as a solder, as a commander,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.
“And thereafter after Mozambique became independent he exhibited pan-Africanism by supporting us in particular, Zimbabwe, as well as other liberation movements.
“Both at the AU and the UN he spoke against colonialism, so again to us Samora was one of us a liberation icon,” he added.
Machel died in 1986 when his plane crashed on South African soil in the Lebombo Mountains near the confluence of the borders with eSwatini and Mozambique. Machel was on his way home from an international conference with other African leaders in Zambia.