Tributes pour in for John Robertson
Zimbabwe’s prominent economist and commentator John Robertson has died.
Robertson died on Sunday morning at his home in Harare after suffering a stroke several weeks ago.
“The lionized economist was guest speaker at the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe Congress held in Harare late last year,” Zimbabwe Tourism Authority corporate affairs manager Godfrey Koti said.
“The tourism sector mourns the economist for his contribution in the country’s economic matters. He was an avid follower of travel and hospitality issues,” he added.
Head of Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen weigh in saying “I am very sad to learn of the passing away of John Robertson. Zimbabwe has lost a great economist and intellectual. I really enjoyed our discussions and valued his insights. MHSRIP.”
Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bronte Moules, also paid tribute to Robertson.
“We extend our deep condolences on the passing of John Robertson, a man of such great intellect, wisdom and generosity. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time,” Moules said.
The Netherlands Embassy in Harare said the top economist will be sorely missed.
“His intellect and contribution to the economic development of Zimbabwe will be sorely missed,” the Embassy said.
Human rights lawyer, and pro-democracy activist, David Coltart described Robertson as fine economist who always supported his opinions and views with substantial research and statistics.
“John was one of Zimbabwe’s finest economists – someone who opposed both the RF and ZANUPF because of their policies which he knew, correctly, would ultimately destroy Zimbabwe’s economy. He was a man of great integrity RIP,” said Coltart.