Tsvangira’s Freedom Square last bow

The eulogies that were directed at the late MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai whose white casket stood like a colossus in a white minivan culminated in the moniker-Father of Democracy.

By John Mokwetsi

A sea of supporters clad in red garb, red being the official party colour, converged at the Freedom square to pay their last respect in song and dance in honour of the man they said was always ready to listen to the voice of those who never had the ear of the government.

Amidst the chants, vendors made a killing from selling spray-painted whistles, party regalia and red flags. MDC alliance acting President Nelson Chamisa waved at the crowd amid cheers and songs dedicatory to his name.

In the meantime Vice President and former deputy Prime Minister, Khokozani Khupe sat beside Chamisa but not at once did she look at him. Another VP Elias Mudzuri who buried his eyes behind dark glasses was motionless neither participating in slogans nor following the crowd in clapping.

Perhaps the gripe was that when the two were introduced there were roundly booed as theinternal power scrap knowing at the opposition party reared its ugly head threatening to tear the movement apart. The MDC-T is badly in need of Tsvangirai glue that binds it together even before he has been buried.

Even when MDC-T organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe who was the compare, said he was now going to introduce the VPs but was only allowing Chamisa to speak for want of time, Khupe gave him a stern warning in muffled words. That was the only time she spoke.

When Chamisa stood to give a speech, Khupe-clad in an African attire and like Mudzuri hiding her eyes behind dark glasses- tilted her head to look away for the duration of the speech and even when the youthful leader referred to her as one of the founder members of the party she was standoffish.

Chamisa, fast becoming an orator took to the podium like a seasoned politician; he paused for effect before pointing to Tsvangirai’s casket and then he said the late has ordained him to lead the alliance amid cheers.

“Tsvangirai has always said he wanted generational leadership. When he appointed me VP he knew what he was doing. This is our time and the party must be united. Leaders must remember that those who appointed them can remove them. We must respect the wishes of this Father of democracy,” he said to robust applause.

Mindful of the leadership question, Chamisa mentioned the word youth about five times in his 15 minute speech. All the time he had memorised dates in which he recounted Tsvangirai’s last words on unity and most importantly that the dying man had given him the mantle of the party.

He had willing cheerleaders.

Speaker after speaker had emphasised about the party’s need to avoid self-destruction.

And then there was the issue of the helicopter carrying Tsvangirai to his Buhera homestead.

“It is dishearting, Chamisa echoed the sentiments earlier expressed by other speakers. “We have given Tsvangirai an official helicopter to fly in now that he is dead. I am very skeptical of this. We never honoured him like this before. Yes, we thank the government now but we do not what crocodile tears. People should have human tears.”

With that Chamisa thanked Tsvangirai’s mother who never left the hearse to mixed reactions from people who have made the caricature of her via memes on social media in the aftermath of her public threats to commit suicide if Chamisa and Tsvangirai’s widow Elizabeth who was largely ignored were allowed at the funeral.

As Chamisa left the podium he was mobbed by Deputy national chairman of MDC-T, Morgen Komichi and Mudzuri extended his hand but Khupe stood up to walk away.

As the hearse slowly reversed Tsvangirai’s supporters waved at it to close a chapter of the man who started humbly as a tea boy.

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  2. that speech was one of the best speech i have ever heard,chamisa unstoppable, irreplaceable,,

  3. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Comment…Aaaaaa! Zvineyi nenyaya yerufu rwaMorgan Tsvangirai nhayi Stinah. Humbowo hwako hwahuita pasipo. Asi mimba yacho wakapihwa naSavesu?

  4. sajeni gombototo

    famba chamisa famba!!

  5. Chamisa’s interests seemed to compete with the funeral procedings of Morgan Tsvangirai. Also his power grab at a time when the focus was supposed to be on the death and funeral of the party leader leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Even if he had been ordained by Tsvangirai as he says, why then the power grab.

    It is important to take note of this, who ever was advising Nelson Chamisa has no interest of the party and thus Zimbabwe as a nation. As for Chamisa, I have always said that he lacks maturity but after this I would like think he might not have the qualities of a democratic leader.

    1. One question who has the qualities for a democratic leader? What is democracy? Democracy does not exist. Try it in your family and let me know of the results. Wake up guys and smell the coffee. POWER has never been given to anyone in the whole world. POWER must grabbed. Trump had to use the Russians to grab POWER in USA,the russians hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails and files and gave it to the media . Putin had to pay influential Russians to remain in POWER. ED had to make a COUP to gain POWER. Ramaphosa from SA forced Zuma so he could grabb POWER. GO CHAMISA GO

      1. Go Chamisa GO

      2. Muswati Makoni kuseri u too hev qualities of leadership kkk exallent reply…Go chamisa Go


  6. Power is not for weak.Power is not given in a silver plate.Politics is not for faint-hearted. Chamisa is the man.To hell with morality. Politics is not church business or football business. It is real business for man with charisma like Chamisa. Like it or not Chamisa is the man of the moment for Zimbabwe opposition politics. Go Chamisa go.Those who do not like him vote ED the 75 year geriatric with no hope!

  7. Opposition politics came to an end soon after ‘Operation Restore Legacy’.#EDHasMyVote

  8. Chamisa is power hungry. MDC T has a living constitution which must be followed and adhered to. This business of power grab is illegal when it comes to MDC T constitution. If Chamisa thinks he is most popular, he should allow the party to call for elective congress so that the party democratically elects the presidential candidate. In the absence of an elective congress prior elections, MDC T will split and Chamisa will lose. It is very clear that MDC T is not democratic, the only legitimate VP is Khupe and should takeover as acting president. Her position in the party is a product of a democratic process as enshrined in the constitution.The party with so many lawyers, failing to realize that the vultures have captured the party disregarding a living constitution.


    2. all politicians are power hungry.If you do not grab it no one will give it to you.
      It is a game of the smartest.

    3. Chamisa is a populist leader within his party. He has the charisma that the simple minded supporters looks up to. The irony of it all is that the hordes that throng these rallies are never seen anywhere near the polling booths.When the stalk reality of election results are finally released the populist leaders like Chamisa, Dhlakama and Odinga are numbed in shock and fail to gracefully concede defeat to their better organised bitter rivals citing the perennial African excuse of vote rigging.

  9. mandebele Lusaba

    Comment…why must Tsvangirai his successor. doesn’t it have a constitution? if so then follow it. leaders are better selected than imposed. Period.Remember Mugabe waz put to lead zanu and the rest is history lest we forget.

  10. The congress and its 5000 minus is no different from the national executive and its 215 members. These can not claim to speak for the millions of MDC supporters.

    If you go onto the streets, pubs, buses, stadios u name it – NC, has the support of the people. U cant waste money on the congress when it should be directed towards campaign materials.

    1. Comment…wel spoken Jay

  11. IN Zanu pf policies and their useless mindless worthless cadres,there is no hope for life in zimbabwe. They can force to be likened by the people whom they have murdered and abondened destroyed economiclly,the truth shall and will always pain to tell.Come what may,Zimbabwe will and will never ever rise up economically as long as Zanu pf stays in power for decades of years to come.I believe and trust to the people who have minds and vision that they swallow with pride my words of wisdom.

  12. Shaolin Kung fu master

    people are jealous of this young man, to me he is one of the best budding orators ever to emerge from MDC like what the reporter said, lets rally behind him for a better Zimbabwe after all no one is perfect. How many times have this Tsvangirayi been scorned by you people? We can not all be leaders gentlemen, give him a chance to rule us we want him, we want him, we want him……..him…..him

  13. please people lets be guided not to misled people about Constitution, the national executive council is governing body between congress its decision is final, when president MT was given power to appoint Mudzuri& Nelson u didn’t talk of MDC constitution. if u don’t know how organization are runned please don’t comment u can love person but don’t misguided.

  14. It’s Thokozani not Khokozani

  15. I think its high time the constitutions are revised because as it turns out coups and power grabs are actually very popular in Zim & should be leagilsed. After all a constitution should be a reflection of the popular will of the people

    1. Chakanaka chinodiwa nemunhu ngatipei mukana kune vechidiki saka ngatiti chamisa woyeeee

  16. This uncultured boy! He should learn there is time for everything, a time to mourn and a time to politic, not abusing Morgan’s corpse like this to push his political agenda and not even waiting for his burial to thrust himself to the throne, such a shame.

  17. Thokozani was against the Alliance, how can she be trusted

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