Tsvangirai unites Mnangagwa, Chamisa supporters

 Tsvangirai unites Mnangagwa, Chamisa supporters
Published: 04 May 2019
President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's supporters have put aside their differences to attend today's high profile memorial service for the country's much-loved former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera, the Daily News reported.

This comes as relations between the ruling Zanu-PF and the main opposition MDC are at an all-time low due to rising political tensions in the country, as well as Zimbabwe's worsening economic rot which has seen the government issuing a stern warning to both the opposition and pro-democracy groups who have threatened to mount rolling mass protests.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said yesterday that as they were remembering the life of a man who had brought "superior democratic consciousness in the country", Tsvangirai's memorial service would be an inclusive event.

"We are inviting everyone including those from Zanu-PF to attend the memorial service of an icon.

Tsvangirai's brother and family spokesperson, Manase, confirmed that Mnangagwa's government had partly-funded today's memorial.

This comes after the government was lauded for paying Tsvangirai's medical bills and airfares during his last days, which saw him spending lengthy periods in hospital in South Africa.

Tsvangirai was among the dignitaries who attended Mnangagwa's inauguration on November 24, 2017, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Chamisa subsequently revealed in February this year how the revered Tsvangirai had died a bitter man after he was allegedly duped by Mnangagwa and his allies that an inclusive transitional government would be set up following the November 2017 coup.

Tsvangirai's wife, Elizabeth, also revealed how a sick Tsvangirai had initially been upbeat about the army moving in to remove Mugabe from power — which was the reason why he had taken part in the marches in which Zimbabweans had demanded the much-loathed nonagenarian's ouster.
- newzimbabwe


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