HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
A public funeral ceremony was held Monday for the
late Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died in
South Africa last week after a long battle with cancer.
The former prime
minister will be buried Tuesday at his rural home in Buhera, 300
km southeast of the capital Harare.
Scores of mourners
thronged an open space on the outskirts of the capital to pay
their last respect to the late Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
leader who was the face of opposition politics in Zimbabwe.
Mnangagwa led the nation in mourning Tsvangirai and his
government accorded the departed opposition leader a
state-assisted funeral in recognition of his role in the fight
for peace and democracy.
On Sunday, Mnangagwa
visited Tsvangirai’s residence in the capital to pay his
condolences and assured the family that the government would pay
Tsvangirai’s medical bills.
At the ceremony,
speakers who included opposition leaders from other African
nations hailed Tsvangirai for his tireless efforts in fighting
for democracy in Zimbabwe.
leader McHenry Venaani described Tsvangirai as a strong fighter
for democracy, saying it was through his efforts that opposition
figures like him could now easily come into Zimbabwe.
president Nelson Chamisa said the party will work hard to win in
the upcoming vote as a way to honor Tsvangirai.
“We will not
disappoint Morgan Tsvangirai,” said Chamisa who is in a battle
with two other party deputy presidents over Tsvangirai
leader Raila Odinga also arrived in Harare on Monday to attend
the burial of Tsvangirai.
Zimbabwe government to fulfil
to Tsvangirai: President Mnangagwa
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on
Sunday that the government will fulfill its financial and
material promisess made to the late former prime minister and
opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan
at Tsvangirai’s home in Harare where he had gone to pay his
condolences, Mnangagwa said he would see to it that pledges he
made to the late premier are fulfilled, the state-run New Ziana
Tsvangirai last month and made some promises to him. I will not
renege on those promises. My government will also settle his
hospital bill as promised.
processes are done, I will let the family know what I had
promised him. I will fulfill all the pledges I made to him,”
The government was
also paying for Tsvangirai’s hospital and medication bills up to
the time of his death.
Mnangagwa visited Tsvangirai at his residence to check on him
since he had been unwell for some time.
Tsvangirai’s body would be flown to his rural home in Buhera for
burial on Tuesday.
“We are all
Zimbabweans. We might disagree on how to get where we need to
be, but no political party wants the worst for the country,”
Tsvangirai died in
South Africa on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He
was 65. The Zimbabwe government has accorded him a
A former trade
unionist, Tsvangirai had been the face of Zimbabwean opposition
politics since 2009. He became prime minister in an inclusive
government led by former President Robert Mugabe in 2009
following disputed elections the year before.