“Duterte instills courage in our social and academic spheres of Africa,” two Africa Presidents have said. “If it was not for his (Duterte’s) culture of revolution and economic freedom, we would not have understood the need to fight for economic freedom in our countries. He, indeed, instilled courage in us,” said President John Magufuli of Tanzania.
“Rodrigo Duterte is the most influential leader in the world. I can attest to this,” Magufuli added.
On his part, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe described Duterte as “the most courageous man who will not allow neocolonialism in his country.” He congratulated him for his unrelenting efforts on war against drugs. Mugabe said he has known Duterte since he was Mayor of Davao City, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.
Mugabe criticized the United States President for meddling in Philippines politics. “Obama should deal with the issues affecting the US because America has more challenges than Philippines. He should leave Duterte alone.”
The two African presidents made these comments at the Africa United Summit (AU) in Cameroon, West Africa.