MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said the late Masotsha-Ndlovu senator Enna Chitsa helped him control his fiery temper during his days as leader of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
Addressing about 3 000 mourners at the burial of Chitsa at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo, Tsvangirai said he preferred confrontation as opposed to dialogue, but the pair of Chitsa and the late Gibson Sibanda calmed him down.
The history of the democratic struggle in this country wont be written without a chapter on her contribution, Tsvangirai said. She is one of the people, together with (Gibson) Sibanda and others, who calmed me down and gave me guidance in my young days as the ZCTU secretary- general.
A long-standing member of the ZCTU, Chitsa was elected third vice-president of the union in 1995 and later joined the MDC at its formation in 1999.
She was elected senator for Masotsha- Ndlovu in March 2008.
Speaking at the same occasion, MDC-T national chairperson Lovemore Moyo confirmed factionalism threatened to wreck the party ahead of its 3rd national congress last year, but Chitsa had saved the situation.
When we went for congress, there were divisions, what you can call factions, but we never heard of the faction that she belonged to, he said.
Moyo expressed concern at Chitsas death saying it came hard on the heels of the death of another MDC-T senator, Gladys Gombami of Mabutweni Constituency in Bulawayo.
She left us at a time when as a party we were preparing for elections and the constitution-making process.
There are a lot of programmes and there shall come a time when we will have to use our numbers in Parliament to push through the wishes of the people.
It will affect us in Parliament, Moyo said.
Chitsa died last Friday after a long illness.