The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) learnt with deep sadness the passing away of Brigadier General Mbita, at the age of 82, in Dar-es Salaam.
Council recognized General Mbita as an illustrious son of Africa and Tanzania, who selflessly served the cause of decolonization of the Continent, in his capacity as Executive Secretary of the Liberation Committee of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Council expressed its deepest condolences to the family of the late General Mbita, to the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as to all Africa.
Council further expressed its conviction that his enduring legacy in the cause of Africa’s liberation will remain a shining example for generations to come.
In this respect, Council requested the Commission to take steps to identify ways and means for the AU to honour the memory of General Mbita for the services he rendered to the liberation of the Continent.
He was the executive secretary of the Liberation Committee of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU).
He succumbed to a long time illness last week at Lugalo Military Hospital.
Mbita was buried on Monday at an event presided over President Jakaya Kikwete.
The national send off was held at Lugalo Military Barracks and the hero was later buried at Kisutu Cemetery in the city.
Those in attendance at the send-off included the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Davis Mwamunyange, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda, Retired President Benjamin Mkapa and former CDFs Gen Robert Mboma and Gen George Waitara.
Representatives from outside the country included Zimbabwe’s Minister of Defence, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, and Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Ms Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Others were South African Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Nomatindia Mfetiko, Zimbabwe’s High Commissioner to Tanzania Edzai Chimonyo and Mozambique High Commissioner to Tanzania Vicente Veloso.