Tsvangirai walked an arduous journey: Mnangagwa

FORMER Prime Minister and opposition MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who passed away in South Africa last Wednesday after a long battle with colon cancer, walked a “hard” journey and Zimbabweans should unite in his honour, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Mnangagwa came short of describing Tsvangirai as the people’s hero, while addressing mourners at the late MDC-T leader’s Highlands house, but gave the family a blank cheque regarding his funeral.

“Our former Prime Minister has run his race. It was hard. He walked a hard road. It has been left to us now to work in our different spheres of influence for the good of our country and its development,” he said to ululation and applause from mourners gathered outside.

Mnangagwa said he was closely monitoring Tsvangirai’s treatment progress and will honour his pledge to take care of all bills accrued.

“Tsvangirai was our Prime Minister and I had a chance to come see him here at his home with my deputy [Constantino Chiwenga]. He is my uncle also and when I came here he told me what he needed us to do for him. I promised him and that will be done. I will fulfil my promise to him and to the family just say what you need and it will be taken care of.

“I was getting updates from South Africa, where he was being treated. His wife told us [about] the bills and we instructed government to take care of them. We will also take care of all outstanding bills,” the Zanu PF leader said. “I had my people in South Africa and the doctors gave us updates on the progress he was making. We asked them to do their work without getting worried about how bills would be paid.”

Tsvangirai blazed a trail at the turn of the century after inspiring the formation of the MDC from a conglomeration of civil society organisations led by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and Zimbabwe National Students’ Union, demanding political change in the country.

Then President Robert Mugabe reacted in typical fashion unleashing the might of the State machinery and triggering an orgy of violence that claimed the lives of hundreds of opposition activists across the country and left thousands maimed and displaced.

The late veteran opposition leader was not deterred despite being robbed of electoral victory at every turn in a period spanning two decades, but continued his fight for free, fair and credible democratic political change.

Mnangagwa added that government will airlift Tsvangirai’s body to his rural home, where he will be buried tomorrow.

“I could not receive him at the airport, but I sent our ministers. We kept his body where we keep all our important people and once we have the programme, we will provide a plane to ferry his body to his final resting place,” he said, urging unity as part of the country’s way of honouring the former Premier.

“Politics will be there always but we are one people. I am a leader in my party and government and I have one message, let us unite. We have many parties and might differ on strategy of how to handle issues, but we all wish our country well.”

Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo told journalists that the government will provide logistical support, including transporting mourners.
“We are looking at the number of buses to ferry mourners and will communicate with the family and organisers,” he said.

15 Comments

  1. THANK you ED for doing the impossible thing.It means a lot that our election will be credible

  2. The Second Coming

    Where is Mugabe and GRACE? Grace kubva anyarara zvakadaro here veduwee? Chinokura chinokotama msoro wegudo chavachinokoro

    1. HIDING IN THE BLUE HOUSE
      WHEN HE DIES TURN THE HOUSE INTO INTERNATIONAL HOTEL FOR HARARE

    2. Grace and Robbie can easily be beaten up. They did a wise thing to stay away, they wanted all MDC people dead anyway.

  3. he walked a road littered with landmines, robbed of a clear election victory and all but its good that its now all coming out, and those responsible will be punished in one way or the other

    1. And Ed Mnangagwa was one those leading the attacks on Morgan and Mdc especially after the 2008 elections. He should be ashamed of himself because he is one of those who was complicit in littering Morgan’s journey with thorns,nails,beatings and imprisonment.Shame shame shame

      1. hear his speech again, you seem not to get his message

  4. ko bonus makanyarara nezvayo here blaz

  5. Thus what we call president of a nation. Well spoken ED

    1. Ma Zanu you never seize to amaze me!

  6. Well announcement Mr President thank you👏

  7. Comment…Political maturity not found in some professors of politics and even in holders of longest chain of university degrees. That surely raises the bar somewhere.

  8. You can fool some of the people all of the time…

  9. thanx ed for trying to change the face of zimbabean politics.we urge chamisa to unite the mdc family and to change from the cde bvondo type of politics to a national leader.mdc youths must also be taught to avoid hate speech and desist from provoking violence.the time of war is over.in politics we compete and there are winners and loosers but that should not devide the nation.

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