Chaos at Tsvangirai’s funeral as succession battle intensifies

Some senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC T) officials were chased away by youths from Morgan Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera on Tuesday as the party’s succession fight reached unprecedented heights.


One of the vice presidents‚ Nelson Chamisa‚ took control of the party presidency through a hastily arranged national council meeting a day after Tsvangirai’s death last week.

This effectively shut out the other two deputies‚ Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri‚ who both claim leadership of the party.

At the Tsvangirai homestead in Hamunikwa village in the Buhera area‚ youths carrying bricks and other objects called for Khupe’s head and that of party secretary general Douglas Mwonzora.

The two were eventually escorted out of the premises by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) fearing for their lives.

Khupe and Mwonzora differ with Chamisa in that they want an extraordinary congress to elect a new party leader. Ads

However‚ during the memorial service‚ attended by thousands in Harare on Monday‚ Chamisa took charge of proceedings and declared himself leader.

“We have done what is necessary to make sure that there is no leadership vacuum in the party. We did what was perfectly constitutional‚” he said amid cheers from the crowd.

Chamisa also warned that those who go against him will be expelled.

“As leaders you are like caps on a head and can be removed when the owner is fed up. So be careful‚” he barked.

The MDC T succession fight has since sucked in members of Tsvangirai’s family‚ with some siding with Chamisa and others opting between Khupe and Mudzuri.

At the memorial service‚ Richard Tsvangirai junior openly endorsed Chamisa as the rightful heir to his father’s role in the party.

But his grandmother‚ Lydia Chibwe‚ upon arrival of her son’s corpse from South Africa in Harare‚ threatened to commit suicide if Chamisa and her daughter-in-law‚ Elizabeth‚ attended her son’s funeral wake and burial.

Chibwe refused to disembark from the hearse carrying Tsvangirai’s casket to the memorial service in Harare.

Of the three vice presidents‚ only Khupe was elected by the party’s congress in 2014.

The other two were appointed by Tsvangirai in 2016 when he felt that Khupe had gained sufficient political capital to challenge him.


  1. Khupe tested her medicine

    1. This report are lies.There were no incidents at funeral except Muchinguri who was heckled and Chamisa calmed the youths.The picture being shown as police escort is a Chronicle twitter handle announcing that all roads lead to Humanikwa Village.Shame on you Newsday.

  2. Sufficient political capital to challenge who? Does this newspaper employ serious editors? Where is Khupe’s political capital derived from if she is being chased by people from the icon’s funeral?

    1. TimesLive…
      Its a south african newspaper.
      Dont blame staffers at NewsDay

      1. Chikuyo Chisamarengu

        so they just copy and paste without verifying facts???

      2. How can they rely on a foreign newspaper for local news?

  3. humility humility humility humility baba Chamisa

  4. The report is a tad wrong he said “the party is not Chamisa’s ,Mudzuri’s nor Khupe’s but is for the people. We as Leaders are just like caps on the head of the party if we get it all wrong the people can choose another replacement” u made it sound lyk he said I m the leader anyone who goes against m I will remove I listened to the Full speech

    1. Thats exactly what i heard in his speech. This paper ….no words????

  5. nhai unombonziani iwe urikunyora manyepo, muchirikurarama munguva yamugabe pamainyepera vanhu, manje zvakataurwa nachamisa tozviziva video tinayo kunevanokanganwa

  6. ko zvamunosiita malive updates, ko nhasi zvadii

  7. Comment…ko vaMugabe vaendavo here kunhamo

  8. tinosanganachete

    munonyadzisa maMDC,SHAME ON YOU chamisa

  9. This circus currently obtaining in the MDC is template of what the ‘future MDC gvt’ would be like. The so-called party of excellence is now exhibiting its true colors. lt is a mob of golddiggers.ZANU PF is gonna have a field day come elections.Hail the crocodile.

  10. NewsDay you are a disappointment.

  11. Comment…hamunyari imi

  12. Newsday newsday. Its no longer the paper we used to know. Please give us really news not these half barked reports.

  13. This report is so biased

  14. Mr writer so is mbuya Tsvangirai dead , Chamisa and Elizabeth Tsvangirai are there in Buhera , secondly your report is biased and wrong .

    1. alheit-nemoyowese

      she gave a threat to hang herself only iwe mudhara duzvi

  15. Newsday. This is not the first time you’ve written a load of lies. What are you getting at? There’s no credibility now in your reports and whatever you write now, will be taken with a pinch of salt. How to lose readers in one easy lesson. Shame on you.

  16. This is all bullshit! Fake news!

  17. News day , this is disgraceful. Blatant hogwash lies.

  18. this is not how it happened, what happened to the good old NewsDay reporting? you are slowly but surely loosing the plot.

  19. Gutter journalism is holding sway, here.
    People who were actually there, on the ground, report otherwise.
    What else can one say?
    Shame on you “NewsDay”, indeed.

  20. Don’t blame news reporters ,the give us updates of what had happened. They do not created story’s

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