Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, issuing a message to mark the centenary birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela says, Mandela’s legacy has inspired not only the South African society damaged by Apartheid, but also every mass movement around the globe that fought for human freedom and dignity.
The Former President noted, Mandela was committed to democratic values and advocated human dignity and equity. He personally experienced the pain of social repression. Consequently, he identified and addressed the root causes of human suffering. He has proved by actions that, “no power on this earth can destroy the thirst for human dignity.”
Mrs. Kumarathunga notes, as a nation emerging from an armed conflict, we need to to work tirelessly together to overcome the multiplicity of challenges facing us. We have many lessons to be learned from Mandela’s legacy, which details; “reconciliation requires that we work together to defend our democracy and humanity, proclaimed by our constitution”