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6 Monday, Dec 9 - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke MP: Day Mandela hosted my family YUSUF HASSAN, Kamukunji MP Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. It was his first visit outside South “ Africa after the release and I was among senior journalists who welcomed him to Namibia. I did a televised interview on his re- lease and progress after 27 years in jail. I also covered him extensively when he was negotiating with the whites for the independence of South Africa when I later moved there . As he continued to press for inde- pendence, I met with him in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. He used to say, “We need to be inde- pendent, we respect human rights, we are ready to speak with our enemies, I have forgiven those who persecuted I first met Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison in 1990. I was the managing director of the news HOTELS FULLY BOOKED AS S.A. PREPARES TO HOST WORLD LEADERS Johannesburg. South Africa on Saturday began preparations to host US President Barack Obama and other world leaders eager to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela during 10 days of mourning for the anti-apartheid icon. On Friday President Jacob To view VIDEO of this story, DOWNLOAD the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan with President Mandela in 1990. File, NairobiNews Memory lane. Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan first met Madiba as a journalist, but they developed a good rapport and interacted even after he quit the media. Here, Hassan looks back at the precious moments with the fallen statesman and punished us for many years, we are ready to work with them.” And he did not also cease saying that South Africa belonged to all, black or white. I later quit journalism and joined the United Nation. On my first mission with my boss we went to see Mandela at the African National Congress Party Headquarters. He had been handed the mantle after Oliver Thabo died. When we arrived, my boss started introductions, but when it came to my turn, Mandela interjected and said: “No, this is not your person, he is ours.” He then pulled me aside and asked when I stopped being a journalist. I explained and he wished me well. Wedding ceremony Thereafter we met regularly because I was based in Johannesburg. I knew Graca Machel from Mozambique and REMEMBERING AN ICON Hassan: I first met Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison in 1990. I was the managing director of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’’ attended her big wedding ceremony to Mandela. Mandela was very sharp; he would not forget people so easily and would address them as if they were friends he had known for a long time. He actually one day referred journal- ists to me so that I could address them on refugee issues during a press conference. I was working with the UNHCR . And then there was a time he wanted to meet with my children. Two of them, my boy and girl went to visit him together with other children. He sat with them and even took some pictures. He addressed them as his children. He was a generous, kind and never greedy. As the world mourns Mandela, my wish is for leaders to follow in his footsteps and make the nation a better place.” As told to Bernadine Mutanu Zuma announced the mourning period for Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its first black leader, after he died late Thursday aged 95, surrounded by friends and family. Obama, America’s first black president, will travel to South Africa the White House said, joining a raft of world leaders for a huge December 10 memorial service. Mandela’s body will lie in state in Pretoria for three days before he receives a state burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu. The logistics are daunting for hosting the great and the good who plan to fly in from around world to honour the universally respected statesman. Obama: He took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice’’ The travel industry expect accommodation in Johannesburg and Pretoria to be sold out as the South African government and various consulates block book hotel rooms. Memorial events began yester- day with South Africans invited to visit churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship, to pay their respects. Obama and his wife Michelle will travel to South Africa together with former first couple George W. and Laura Bush. Ex-president Bill Clinton, who was in office when Mandela took power to become South Africa’s first black president, also said that he would be making the trip with his family. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Obamas would “participate in memorial events” without giving details. In a tribute shortly after the From Cape Town to Karachi’ the world mourns Mandela. AFP revered statesman’s death was made public, Obama mourned Mandela as a “profoundly good” man who “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice”. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will also be among those flying in next week, her office said. On Friday, ordinary South Africans across the country poured out onto the streets in a riot of colour, dance and song to celebrate the life of their beloved ex-leader, known affectionately as Madiba.
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