Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai's Body Now in Buhera for Burial

Elias Hubbard
February 20, 2018

Tsvangirai died last Wednesday at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg after battling colon cancer.

O Sunday, a memorial service for the late Tsvangirai was held in a packed church in the capital Harare, while outside hundreds of supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gathered.

Pallbearers carry the casket bearing the body of former prime minister and MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai at Makanda Primary School, Humanikwa Village, in Buhera.

Party faithful converged on a square in downtown Harare to bid farewell to a man whose career was defined by his rivalry with long-time president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in November.

"This is the People's General, who led the poor, the workers and the youth since 1988".

Tsvangirai's prominence across Africa as a veteran opposition leader was highlighted by the visit to Zimbabwe of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga. "He was beaten, faced treason charges and was accused of working with Western countries", Munjoma said.

Tsvangirai was expected to be laid to rest in his rural home village of Buhera on Tuesday.

Morgan Tsvangirai was described by Robert Mugabe as a'stooge og the west
Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai's Body Now in Buhera for Burial

Tsvangirai's final months were accompanied by increasingly public quarrelling among his three deputies - Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri -over who will would succeed him as head of the MDC.

"Tsvangirai did not discriminate. Road from highway is not that good and people have to leave cars/buses and walk", she said.

Following the 2008 election violence, he was forced into a power-sharing government with Mugabe, who was ousted previous year following a military takeover.

Khupe is the only vice president who was elected at congress while Chamisa and Mudzuri were handpicked by Tsvangirai.

In his main speech, Chamisa cautioned against internal fights and defended his selection as acting president as "perfectly constitutional".

"This party is not for individuals in leadership. His death should be the glue to keep them together, his ideas and belief in no violent contestation of political of ideas that saw him avoid a potential civil war by agreeing to negotiate with Zanu PF for an inclusive government should keep the party together", Sibanda said.

Read an obituary on Morgan Tsvangirai.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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