The Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC has declared three days of mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. Mandela succumbed to a lung infection in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Lambert Mende, the Congolese government spokesperson says President Joseph Kabila ordered the declaration of three days of mourning for Mandela from Paris where he is attending a summit on peace and Security in Africa.
During the three days of mourning, which started on Friday flags across the country are expected to fly at half mast. Mende says they are saddened by the death of Mandela who led a war against the racist apartheid regime.
Other Congolese leaders have also sent out condolence messages on the death of Mandela. Aubin Minaku, the President of the Congolese National Assembly has asked politicians at all levels in the country to adopt the values practiced by Mandela such as perseverance, tolerance and listening to others.
Minaku says that throughout his life Mandela demonstrated that he was a strategist for good, for real and for the beautiful. On Friday, the Congolese Senate observed a minute of silence in honor of Mandela. Vital Kamerhe, the Leader of the Congolese opposition in the Senate has described Mandela as a man who knew how to dance and sing with his people.
Kamerhe adds that Mandela has been a charismatic man that all Congolese should emulate to be loving and tolerant each other. The anti Apartheid icon will be laid to rest on 15th December.