BREAKING: Tsvangirai was a national figure and will be accorded a befitting honour – ED

“A strong trade unionist and opposition leader, the late Tsvangirai will be remembered especially for his readiness to stretch and reach out across the political divide for a Government of National Unity after the polarizing 2018 elections.”

“A strong trade unionist and opposition leader, the late Tsvangirai will be remembered especially for his readiness to stretch and reach out across the political divide for a Government of National Unity after the polarizing 2018 elections.”

Nduduzo Tshuma, Political Editor

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday mourned the death of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died in a South African hospital on Wednesday after a battle with cancer of the colon.

Mr Tsvangirai (65) who revealed in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with cancer of the colon was admitted to the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) since early January when he left the country to seek treatment.

Before that, President Emmerson Mnangagwa accompanied by his deputy General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) visited the MDC-T leader in a move that was hailed by many Zimbabweans.

Mr Tsvangirai had since 2016, been visiting the hospital for what his aides called routine treatment.

“On behalf of the ruling Zanu-PF party, Government, our nation and that of my family, I wish to express the deepest condolences to the Tsvangirai family on the sad passing yesterday evening of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the MDC-T party,” said President Mnangagwa in a statement.

“A strong trade unionist and opposition leader, the late Tsvangirai will be remembered especially for his readiness to stretch and reach out across the political divide for a Government of National Unity after the polarizing 2013 elections.”

 “On behalf of the ruling Zanu-PF party, Government, our nation and that of my family, I wish to express the deepest condolences to the Tsvangirai family on the sad passing yesterday evening of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the MDC-T party,”

“On behalf of the ruling Zanu-PF party, Government, our nation and that of my family, I wish to express the deepest condolences to the Tsvangirai family on the sad passing yesterday evening of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the MDC-T party.”

The President called for unity in the Tsvangirai family so that the MDC-T leader is given a dignified send off.

“As we join the Tsvangirai family in mourning the dear departed, we pray that the whole family remains united to give the deceased a dignified send off. Consultations are underway in Government and with the family to determine what else Government needs to do to accord the departed a befitting honour,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said during and after the GNU, Tsvangirai remained a national figure who obdurately insisted on free, fair, credible and non violent elections as a way of strengthening the country’s democracy and overall re-engagement with the rest of the world.

“Whatever other controversial decisions he and his MDC-T party may have made in the past, we all remember him for his insistence on free, fair and peaceful elections which we must validate in the forth coming 2018 harmonised elections in tribute to him and to our democracy,” he said.

“This we owe him as political leaders of all contesting parties in our country which deserves unfettered peace and stability.”

“As we join the Tsvangirai family in mourning the dear departed, we pray that the whole family remains united to give the deceased a dignified send off. Consultations are underway in Government and with the family to determine what else Government needs to do to accord the departed a befitting honour,”

“As we join the Tsvangirai family in mourning the dear departed, we pray that the whole family remains united to give the deceased a dignified send off. Consultations are underway in Government and with the family to determine what else Government needs to do to accord the departed a befitting honour.”

President Mnangagwa said he will soon be inviting leaders of all opposition parties for a day long consultative meeting as part of building a political consensus in the country ahead of the harmonized polls.

“Indeed the ethic of overarching collaboration above fair and peaceful political contestation must be cultivated and entrenches into our national politics for all times,” he said.

“Whatever other controversial decisions he and his MDC-T party may have made in the past, we all remember him for his insistence on free, fair and peaceful elections which we must validate in the forth coming 2018 harmonised elections in tribute to him and to our democracy,”

“Whatever other controversial decisions he and his MDC-T party may have made in the past, we all remember him for his insistence on free, fair and peaceful elections which we must validate in the forth coming 2018 harmonised elections in tribute to him and to our democracy.”

Posting on his Twitter account at 9pm on Wednesday, one of Tsvangirai’s deputies Engineer Elias Mudzuri said the party joined the Tsvangirai family in mourning the former Prime Minister.

“As you are aware that our MDC-T President, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has not been feeling well for some time, it is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the party and the nation at this hour,” he posted.

MDC-T chairman Mr Lovemore Moyo said Tsvangirai left a void that would be difficult to fill in the MDC-T.

“I think you will appreciate that he had been diagnosed with cancer that is why he had been travelling to South Africa for treatment. What has happened is God’s wish, God has decided to take him away,” said Mr Moyo.

“We are saddened as a party and I am also saddened in my capacity as party chairperson. We join the Tsvangirai family in mourning because he was not a father figure only to them but to us as a party so they are not alone in this moment of pain.

Mr Lovemore Moyo

Mr Lovemore Moyo

Mr Moyo challenged the remaining party leadership to work towards uniting the party in honour of Mr Tsvangirai’s legacy.

MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube who is also the MDC Alliance spokesperson said they had received the death of Mr Tsvangirai’s death with shock and confusion.

“At the moment we are still in shock, somewhat numb and devastated by such an untimely death,” he said.

Prof Ncube said Tsvangirai’s death came at a time when they had unanimously agreed that Mr Tsvangirai would lead the MDC Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties, in this year’s elections.

Prof Ncube extended his condolences to Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth and the rest of the Tsvangirai family following the MDC-T leader’s death.

Prof Welshman Ncube

Prof Welshman Ncube

Tsvangirai’s former advisor and academic Dr Alex Magaisa also took to Twitter expressing his sadness following the death of the MDC-T leader.

“It’s a dark day. Morgan Tsvangirai lost his brave battle with cancer this evening. The heart breaks with pain. It was a rare privilege and an honour to have the confidence of this icon of the democratic struggle. My thoughts are with his family,” he posted.

Tsvangirai’s death comes at a time his party is imploding due to escalating infighting.

Eng Mudzuri and fellow deputy president Nelson Chamisa are locked in a bitter tussle for the post of acting president of the party.

The third deputy president Dr Thokozani Khupe had also added to the chaos by declaring herself the rightful person to succeed Mr Tsvangirai.

On Tuesday Adv Chamisa held a Standing Committee meeting as the MDC-T acting president.

Eng Mudzuri was set to hold his yesterday but was barred from Harvest House by forces reportedly loyal to Adv Chamisa.

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  • Mkhusto

    Sad news…. their enterprise thrive

  • political prophets

    Rest in Peace you played your part thank you Save

  • Bvanyangu

    Let the succession fireworks begin in earnest!!!

  • Cde Hondo

    What a national hero, thank you Mr president you played your party. PMYSRIP. We have lost you at the wrong time.

    • Gwayimakhala

      National hero? Tikwanire iwe!!

      • Cde Hondo

        Sorry hako, bootylickicking RG Mugabe meant hero for you before, thank you.

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    RIP, hope the struggle continues (Aluta continua), so far I see chaos….

  • Msongelwa.

    RIP Morgan i appreciate your contribution towards bringing democracy into our country and you are the only person who in history defeated Zanupf in elections, sithi dudu alwehlanga lungehlanga lolusizi emndenini kanye nezihlobo nabangane, nabobonke njee kade beyithanda lendoda, awuu kufa awujwayeleki futhi kawunoni ufika njengesela uthathe uhambe.

    • Maji

      So true. He was a real fighter

  • Lux

    Rest in peace braveheart, a true Zimbabwean hero.

  • QB

    By appointing several deputies Tsvangirai ruined his legacy in the MDC! He should have solved such issues on time. Imagine people mourning as a party and also quarreling for positions mmmmm

    • Lucky Mudimba

      Typical Zimbabwean politics. Wanted to block a Ndebele who was elected by congress to assume top spot by electing other two vice presidents. Yekela oxamu baphaxulane.

  • Zwide_001

    why is Dr khuphe Third Vice?

    • THE TRUTH

      She is now third because two Shonas were appointed after her. Dont forget to remember she is a Mthwakazi. This is Zimbabwe my friend – you are only first as long as there is no Shona nearby!!

      • Mhazi1

        ” There were 3 policeman manning the entrance. Two searched my car and the third policeman checked my drivers licence”. I do not think third refers to rank here.

  • musa

    & then the Alliance, MDC-t crumbles

  • PHIRI BWAANJI

    REST IN PEACE MR TSVANGSON,,,,,,

  • BonzoReChihuta

    Nikuv and finish his party in 2013, then finish him off by the next election… Zanu Pf yakaoma amana! Rest In Peace, Mr. President.

  • bongani nhliziyo

    Vrey sad to learn about this. he is a hero.he fought a good fight for democracy in this land.may the entire nation wish him peace as he rests in peace.

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Tsangson is the only Zimbo,,,,,that has challenged the monster z.a.n.u and defeated it in an election. He is a hero indeed. May his family, party and entire nation be comforted . RIP.

    • Lucky Mudimba

      Liar , Nkomo did it and was vehemently opposed by letting loose the 5th brigade. Zimbabweans are hypocrites.

      • Nkunzemnyama

        Udakiwe, go back home to Malawi.Awazi lutho nge Zim politics.

        • Lucky Mudimba

          Odakiweyo ngunyoko olengquza encane. UThwangilayi uyiqhawe kuwe sididi, sidenge. He was a tribalist , divided people along tribal lines. Appointed to more deputies unconstitutional so to avert the ascendency of Khuphe . His stupidity has left MDC t in shreads . He was a dunderhead period.

          • Mthwakazi

            Really, sounds nonsensical though.

          • Lucky Mudimba

            Nonsensical ngunyoko olitshapha ngaphansi. What was the reason of appointing Samisa and Mudzuli? Phendula masipa

          • makhosi

            manje umthethiselani umuntu evumelana lawe? Uthi it was nonsensical to appoint 2 deputies

          • Nkunzemnyama

            Mntwanesfebe buyela kini e Swina land.Wazalwa usiwa head first njenge nkonyane. Malebe kanyoko. Or ungumntwana wezihlahla mbhobho kanyoko.

  • benjamin

    Rest in peace comrade! You fought tirelessly and bravely in a very hostile environment in which almost everybody else chose not to utter any opposing voice or show any restlessness for their/our safety and self preservation. You were a visionary, you had already seen a serious and soon to be unstoppable monster/problem brewing from your very early days in the Trade Unions and you chose to fight it for the rest of your life. You made massive progress. Your work is sincerely very much appreciated. It was more of a calling. Your did your part in a massive way and we pray that you enjoy eternal rest, peace and happiness in heaven. You will be forever remembered.

  • s

    every burden can be a blessing. I see the chronicle still wants to put negative things even in this sad time. its hard for them to agree this man was popular. I am a spiritual man. grace mugabe killed morgan because her words were picked by the devils and they came hard on morgan. she used witches words. I think GOD will have to deal with that. if she does not repent for the death of morgan she will die also. the worse thing is that she even decided to take over Robert Mugabe’s sins. zanu don’t be too excited. you can kill a revolutionist but you can kill the spirit of revolution. I wont say here wht Grace said to cause this this death. suffer not a witch to live. I don’t know how many Zimbabwe Christians were praying for this guy while he was fighting this evil in the political front.so sad zim Christians.

  • Wellington

    sad events, but he should have stepped down way back and solved the succession dynamics within his party, now he is leaving his party in ruins

  • SHIBOBO

    Do not always follow where the path may lead you. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail!!! Thanks Tswangirai for the trail you established. May those left behind turn it into a path, and eventually a highway. HAMBA KUHLE QAWE LAMA QAWE!!!!

  • Essexvale

    With all due respect to the memory of the departed MDC leader, I find it absurd that anyone should claim that they are shocked by his death, given that he was suffering from a terminal disease. His demise also makes a strong point in reminding us that no human is invincible or immortal. This fact should be more poignant to Africans who are prone to deify their leaders by building ridiculous rights denying cults around them. Meanwhile; I’m of the opinion that Tsvangirayi will be buried or cremated with the party he has led all these years and the sad fact is that he is largely responsible for the mess he left behind, as witness his baffling decision to add two more deputies to his office! In this regard, try as one may, one cannot see a viable or credible MDC without Tsvangirayi. One only has to view the dirty in-fighting that is evident among his deputies who are locked in a mortal battle of succession to confirm this. With these facts before us, it becomes evident that MDC and its alliance is dammed to lose the on-coming general election. Me? Well I have registered to vote and will exercise my constitutional duty by voting with the region’s welfare in mind. Sincere condolences to the bereaved and nation on the loss of the man who worked so hard to bring sanity to our land.

  • guptagupta

    who edited this polarising 2018, polarising 2013. its the 2008 elections that caused gnu

  • guptagupta

    any condolences from uncle bob please let him mourn his foe

    • makhosi

      You think the devil mourned? I doubt, even ED is not overly sad.

  • Thelma

    how to write a story- who, what, why, when and how in the introduction,……..Morgan Tsvangirai has died……..and so on….then we can read your story!!! the story is not about E.D but about the Zimbabwean hero that has fallen. your polarisation is so clear its embarrassing!!!

  • chinos

    Afford the man National Hero status

  • THE TRUTH

    I am a citizen of both Zim and South Africa. But between the two, give me Mzansi any day. We now have president Cyril Ramaphosa from the minority of minority tribes, the Venda. In Shona Zimbabwe – that can never happen. I mean, they dont even like each other,;what with all the poisoning on tribal clan lines all for the sake of positions – later on a non Shona ? That will be the day!!