Remembering Samora Machel

It is exactly 25 years to the day that one of Africa’s most important freedom fighters and revolutionaries died.

On 19 October 1986, Samora Moisés Machel, the first president of Mozambique’s life was taken away when his presidential aircraft crashed on the mountains where Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa converge. It is a widely held belief that this was at the hands of sabotage by South Africa’s apartheid

Samora Machel

Machel was a visionary whose ideas helped bring independence to both Mozambique and Zimbabwe. One of his driving quotes was this

The rich man’s dog gets more in the way of vaccination, medicine and medical care than do the workers upon whom the rich man’s wealth is built.

At a time when wealth distribution has become such an issue, the late Machel’s words can serve to galvanise those working against a greedy system.

Said Mozambique’s current president Armando Guebuza

He lives in each of us, through his ideals and his vision, through the justice of the causes he defended, through his example of determination and perseverance, and through his unshakeable belief in the strength of a united people to overcome the challenges facing them.

It is his revolutionary spirit that we seek inspiration from. Yes, some would call him a radical but that was the same thing that made people believe in their self-worth. He refused to live in a world run by minorities. He was not prepared to have those who call themselves masters continue to exploit the masses.

Even in the backdrop of the CIA, Rhodeisan and South African nationalist-backed RENAMO assault on Zimbabwe and Mozambique Machel remained resolute, fighting against forces that waged war on right to self-determination.

His contributions to the fight against colonialism and racism in the region may seem to have been localised at the time, but they lent towards the struggle for human equality.

The legend that is Samora Machel still lives, still.

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