Khupe, Mudzuri, Elizabeth shut out at Tsvangirai funeral

THE late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral proceedings continued to be characterised by drama, with his two deputies, Thokozani Khupe (pictured) and Elias Mudzuri seemingly frozen out at a function at freedom square in Harare yesterday, while their counterpart Nelson Chamisa seemed to get a ringing endorsement.


Chamisa was the only one given a platform to speak, effectively shutting out the other two vice-presidents, a move that the multitudes seemed to approve of, but which drew the ire of other MDC-T senior leaders, who accused the master of ceremonies of trying to prop up the former.

The crowd kept on chanting Chamisa’s name, and rushed to the podium when he was about to deliver his keynote address.

Tsvangirai’s mother, Lydia Zvaipa, who stirred a hornet’s nest by saying she would commit suicide if Chamisa and the MDC-T leader’s widow, Elizabeth Macheka, attended her son’s funeral, refused to get out of the hearse and followed the entire ceremony from the vehicle.

Most speakers at the gathering also failed to acknowledge the presence of his widow, Elizabeth, who sat behind MDC-T leaders, who had occupied the front row.

In his address, Chamisa, who has since assumed the MDC-T presidency on an acting basis, said despite obvious fissures, he would ensure that the party does not split.

“We hear some people saying the MDC-T will be divided, it will have several leaders,” he said.

“No, we must not rush, Tsvangirai was a unifier and we will unite.

“The party doesn’t belong to Chamisa, Khupe, Mudzuri, (MDC-T chairman, Lovemore) Moyo, (secretary-general, Douglas) Mwonzora or anyone in leadership.
“The party belongs to the people.”

Chamisa described Tsvangirai as a visionary leader, who was persecuted but remained resolute in advancing democracy in Zimbabwe.

He said the only tribute that can be given to Tsvangirai is through voting Zanu PF out of power this year.

MDC-T is deeply divided over Tsvangirai’s successor, with the three deputies all saying they are in charge, but it seems Chamisa has consolidated his position as the frontrunner, with others accusing him of being power hungry in the manner he assumed the leadership of the party following the leader’s demise.

“We have done what is necessary to make sure that there is no leadership vacuum,” Chamisa told the appreciative crowd.

“What we did is perfectly constitutional and after that we will go to the next phase which is going back to the council and make sure that we do all the processes required internally.

“What we are not going to allow is a leadership crisis, where everyone does as he or she pleases.”

He said Tsvangirai had been a visionary in appointing two more vice-presidents, himself and Mudzuri last year, saying he wanted continuity in the party and did not want generational monopoly on leadership.

Chamisa said on January 6 this year, Tsvangirai confided in him the elections and the MDC Alliance programme.

He said President Emmerson Mnangagwa was a weak and very old opponent and they do not fear his candidature, as he was previously beaten in parliamentary elections by Blessing Chebundo in Kwekwe.

Chamisa accused the government of shedding crocodile tears for Tsvangirai with the assistance they were giving to the MDC-T leader’s family.

He said when Tsvangirai was alive, he was tormented and abused, yet they now wanted to pretend they cared when he was dead.


  1. Dzikama hako mfanami

    My advise to Chamisa is that he should not underestimate his new rival, ED. Kunyarara hakusi kupusa. Like Bob, ED has got state machinery- this comprises the dreaded CIO, the state media, the military, the police and institutions such as ZEC, united party structures – at least more united than the MDC-, the war veterans and most apostolic churches. On the other hand, Chamisa inherits a polarized political camp that is capable of embarking on self destructive strategies such as the presidential vote sabotage and vote apathy.

  2. Matebele Warrior

    Maybe , maybe not

  3. I hope Lizzie and Nedza’s alliance is not an unholy one. One like when he was groaning in bed in pain the two sneaking off somewhere quiet.

  4. Comment…that is true chamisa sayed mnangagwa. asade kuchema nhema APA imondi iyo mnangagwa is not epresendent for our country epresendent ku part yavo NE kumba kwake I hat them

  5. Good people, kunyarara hakusi kupusa. Dont underestimate ED. He is a smooth operator, ask G40, they will tell you. Chamisa should be very careful and know who is dealing with. Its only a matter of time before we cast our X`s so please MDC, wake up and be wise. Dont be fooled by what you saw yesterday, 75% of them are not even registered voters. Mark my words. MDC, there is work to be done and the time is now. Stop this infighting and start campaigning now

  6. lets wait and see what the playground will be like,come elections.the mnangagwa and company are very deadly and unpredictable,they can do anything,given they hold the reigns as we speak.

  7. Comment…wil vote for mdc just wait nd c we just thank morgan for wat he did he is our hero nomatter wat wil always remembr him our legend.chinja maitiro?

    1. chinjaaaaaaa

      1. maitiro ako ayo!

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