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Mugabe's loyalist pays tribute to 'lovely man, great friend' Kim Jong Il

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December 22, 2011 - Harare

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's loyalist has paid tribute to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, describing him as a 'lovely man', who 'was chosen by his people and regularly conducted elections'.

"He (Kim Jong Il) was our great friend and we are not ashamed of being associated with him," said Didymus Mutasa, the secretary of administration for Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

The log-time North Korean ruler was involved in the training and equipping of a para-military group in the African country in the early 1980s.

Mugabe sought help to train the infamous Fifth Brigade unit - which killed almost 20,000 people in an operation named Gukurahundi, meaning the first rains that wash the chaff.

Kim Jong Il played an instrumental role in training the crack special killer unit that operated outside normal Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) command.

But victims of the massacre took a different view, The Daily Mail reports.

Methuseli Moyo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (Zapu), which was at the receiving end of the massacres, said his party had 'no option but to welcome' the demise of the dictator.

"We will not shed any crocodile tears for the trainer of Gukurahundi, the only problem about his death is that it was before he could account for his actions, we are not apologetic about that," the paper quoted Moyo, as saying.

Meanwhile, citizens in fellow communist state Cuba, are observing three days of mourning in a show of solidarity.



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