He went on
to contest the 2008 presidential elections and won the
first round although he failed to garner the required 50
plus one percent of the vote. This led to a re-run of
the election but he withdrew citing violence allegedly
being perpetrated on his supporters by Mugabe’s
supporters and the military.
widely discredited election led to the intervention of
the Southern African Development Community and the
subsequent signing of a Global Political Agreement with
Mugabe and the MDC.
agreement led to the formation of an inclusive
government in 2009 in which Tsvangirai became Prime
Minister and chairperson of the Council of Ministers
while Mugabe remained President and chairperson of
first years of the inclusive government, the country
experienced economic growth which however waned as it
moved towards fresh elections in 2013.
Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s victory in the 2013 elections,
Tsvangirai and his party retreated back to the corridors
of opposition politics. Tsvangirai in 2016 announced
that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.
he had travelled to South Africa for treatment on a
number of occasions and in January he intimated that he
was considering stepping down as leader of the party.
personal level, I feel an air of satisfaction as I
reflect on the great journey we have travelled together
even as I seriously ponder about the future,” he said.
looking at the imminent prospects of us as the older
generation leaving the levers of leadership to allow the
younger generation to take forward this huge task that
we started together so many years ago,” he said.
He said his
appointment of two vice presidents in 2017 in addition
to Thokozani Khupe was meant to provide the party with a
clear succession plan.
breathed his last in the early evening of Wednesday, his
party was embroiled in a succession battle which
supporters hoped would be weathered before elections are
expected to be held as early as June.
Zimbabweans and the international community continue to
offer their condolences to the man who was the face of
opposition in Zimbabwean politics.
opposition leader Tsvangirai to be buried in his
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Late MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister of
Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai will be buried in Buhera, his
rural home in Manicaland Province, on Monday, state
broadcaster ZBC reported Friday.
The ZBC said Tsvangirai’s body will arrive back home
from South Africa on Saturday and lie in state at the
Tsvangirai residence in Harare.
On Sunday, the body will be taken to the Robert
Mugabe Square in the outskirts of the capital for a
Thereafter the body will be taken to Humanikwa
Village in Buhera, where he will be buried next to his
first wife Susan Tsvangirai on Monday.
Tsvangirai died in South Africa on Wednesday after a
long battle with cancer. He was 65.
The Zimbabwe government, which has been helping foot
Tsvangirai’s medical bills, has accorded him a
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday led the
nation in paying tribute to the late opposition leader,
who was the face of opposition politics in Zimbabwe.
"A strong trade unionist and opposition leader, the
late Tsvangirai will be remembered, especially for his
readiness to stretch and reach out across the political
divide for a Government of National Unity after the
polarized 2008 polls," Mnangagwa said.
He said his government will do everything possible to
ensure the departed opposition leader gets a dignified