THE MDC-T’s headquarters, Harvest House, situated at Number 44 Nelson Mandela Avenue in Harare, will be renamed after the late party leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, in honour of his work in the fight for democracy and his astute leadership.
Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer at a South African hospital on February 14, was buried at his rural home in Humanikwa village, Buhera on February 20, where thousands of people from across the globe came to pay their last respects.
The former mine worker, who went on to become secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), was assigned by the labour body to lead the newly-launched opposition party in 1999 after a successful people’s convention held in the dormitory city of Chitungwiza to shape the country’s political future.
He was to pose the biggest electoral challenge to the ruling Zanu PF, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, beating then President Robert Mugabe in the first round of the 2008 presidential elections.
Tsvangirai, who was a victim of government-sponsored police brutality during his time both as the ZCTU leader and president of the biggest opposition party in the country, had to boycott the run-off election, citing the safety of his supporters after thousands had been killed in the run up to the plebiscite.
But to recognise a man they loved and respected, the MDC-T national standing committee met in Harare on Thursday and agreed they should honour Tsvangirai by naming Harvest House after him.
This was revealed in one of the resolutions of the meeting, which was attended by some of the leaders who had been fighting over the party leadership.
“That Harvest House is to be called Morgan Richard Tsvangirai in honour of the late president after consultation with the national members,” resolution number 10 of the meeting read.
A member of the national executive committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the move was a done deal, as the whole national executive was in agreement.
“The standing committee made their recommendation and we are going for national council just to endorse the decision,” he said.