AfDB president pays tribute to Mandela

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, Monday paid tribute to former South African President, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

AfDB said in a statement, received here by PANA, that Kaberuka is among the world leaders and dignitaries who are in Johannesburg to pay their final respects to Mandela, who will be buried on 15 December in his home town, Qunu.

"As we mourn today, we also celebrate one extraordinary life that touched the hearts of millions of people," Kaberuka was quoted as saying.

The AfDB President also spoke of Mandela as a true servant - not just of his country and of Africa, but of men and women all over the world.

''His leadership was borne out of humility, humanity and passionate desire for change. His vision was equality and opportunity for all and we honour Madiba by striving everyday to complete the task he began.''

The statement further pointed out that the bank mourned a man whose release from prison on 11 February, 1990, paved the way for a high-level AfDB delegation to South Africa and the commissioning of a study on how to integrate the country into AfDB operations.

''Today, South Africa is a key player in AfDB operations both in its share capital structure and as a committed client, with Johannesburg hosting one of the bank’s two regional resource centres.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 9Dec2013

09 december 2013 18:21:29

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