Zimbabwe`s President Robert Mugabe paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Saturday, describing the South African liberation icon as `a champion of the oppressed`. `Mr Mandela`s renowned political life will forever remain a beacon of excellence,` Mugabe, Africa`s oldest ruler at 89, said in his first official reaction, carried by the state-run newspaper The Herald. Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its first black leader, died late Thursday aged 95. `The late Nelson Mandela will forever remain in our minds as an unflinching fighter for justice,` said Mugabe, who early this year criticised Mandela for being too soft on whites after the end of apartheid.
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