Rowdy MDC-T youths destroy Tsvangirai’s maize crop

ROWDY MDC-T youths reportedly destroyed tasselling maize crop at the late party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s mother, Lydia Zvaipa’s home during the burial of her son in Humanikwa village, Buhera, last week.

By Everson Mushava

Tsvangirai died a fortnight ago in South Africa after a long battle with colon cancer and was buried at his rural home last Tuesday.

His burial was, however, marked by ugly scenes which also saw party vice-president Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora and national organiser Abednico Bhebhe, physically assaulted by youths from a rival camp as the race for Tsvangirai’s succession turned nastier.

The three were accused of disrespecting party acting president Nelson Chamisa and decampaigning him in the succession race which also pits Elias Mudzuri.

The rowdy youths, according to sources, also accused Khupe of influencing Tsvangirai’s mother to threaten to commit suicide if Chamisa and her late son’s wife, Elizabeth Macheka, attended the former premier’s funeral.

Gogo Tsvangirai was not spared the attacks as she became the butt of ugly social media bashing. She was also booed at her son’s funeral.

“The same youths who held Khupe, Mwonzora and Bhebhe hostage also went on a rampage destroying Gogo Tsvangirai’s maize crop by pulling down the cobs,” a family member said, showing the NewsDay crew the destroyed maize crop.

“Some of the youths went on to allege that Gogo’s feud with her daughter in-law (Macheka) and Chamisa was materialistic.

They claimed that Chamisa, as a lawyer blocked the Tsvangirai family from claiming the MDC-T leader’s property from Macheka,” the family member added.

Family spokesperson, Manasa Tsvangirai, said it was sad some party supporters have continued to use her mother as a subject of attack over things they don’t have information about.

“For the record, as a family, we have taken a position that when our brother worked; he was working for his family — his wife and children. We don’t want anything from his property; it belongs to his wife and children. His children should engage with their mother (Macheka) on the way forward,” Manasa said.

The party youths also caused a scene when they took away Tsvangirai’s casket for burial before the family performed its rituals, and even threatened to beat up the former premier’s younger brother, Collins, after he ordered them to return the body.

Elizabeth Macheka’s Father Finally Speaks Out

Before she married the former Prime Minister, she had acquired a number of properties including one in Borrowdale and her businesses were doing quite well.

I am saddened in burying my son-in-law, Morgan Tsvangirai. He was a good son-in-law with whom I had an excellent relationship.
Despite coming from different political parties, we had a cordial connection which was filled with mutual respect.

I did not expect that he would die, though he had been unwell for some time. I thought that he would pull through and come back home.

My daughter gave me regular reports about his illness and she remained hopeful that he would get better.

She was extremely stressed all the time, but I always encouraged her to remain strong and continue to play her role as a wife.

In many of my interactions with the former Prime Minister, our conversations were filled with humour.

On many occasions, our discussions centred on politics.

We often joked about our political rivalry, him being leader of the main opposition and me being a National Consultative Assembly member for the ruling party Zanu-PF.

He often joked that I should join his party, but I extended the same offer to him, to join Zanu-PF.

Our modus vivendi on our political differences is something that other people can draw lessons from because belonging to different political parties should not be a cause for conflict.

I often told him that I would never leave Zanu-PF to join MDC because that would not be a wise decision to follow a son-in-law’s preferences because I have five daughters who can still get married to husbands from other different political parties.

Mr Tsvangirai also told me that when his relationship with Elizabeth became known in the public, a delegation of the female leadership in the MDC asked him not to go ahead with marrying my daughter.

The MDC leaders told him that marrying Elizabeth would be akin to getting into a marriage with Zanu-PF.

But I admired his magnanimity because he remained humble and respectful to us, his in-laws, despite our political differences and the pressure he faced from his party.

I feel very sorry for my daughter because the last few months have been shattering for her. She stood by her husband during his illness.

She lost a lot of weight during this painful period and even though it was not easy, she soldiered on.

I am convinced that as a wife, she played her role as best as she could and she really could not have done anything more.

There was a time when Mr Tsvangirai suffered a bout of illness while on duty, it must have been in Kadoma, where he vomited profusely.

To show her love, Elizabeth cleaned up the vomit with her bare hands.

This shows how much she loved her husband.

A lot has been said about how she was treated at the funeral, but for us as a family, we were not really focused on that.

Our focus was on making sure that we did our part in giving our son-in-law a decent burial. We bear no grudges with anyone and we have no problems at all with the Tsvangirai family.

I am particularly sad for Elizabeth because this is not the first time that she has lost her husband.

She lost her first husband, Mabasa Simba Guma, in a tragic accident so it is dismaying that she is facing another tragedy when she is still relatively young (42).

Growing up, Elizabeth was always a hardworking woman.

She was always business minded and even before she met Mr Tsvangirai, she had acquired her own fair share of wealth which was a very commendable feat for someone at her age.

Before she married the former Prime Minister, she had acquired a number of properties including one in Borrowdale and her businesses were doing quite well.

She had a chain of stores in the city and she flew regularly to countries such as China and Dubai to buy merchandise for resale.

Her entrepreneurial skills started at a very young age when she was very involved in the buying and selling of farm produce from farms surrounding Chitungwiza.

From these humble beginnings she grew her business interests. It is painful that some people think that she married Mr Tsvangirai for his status. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I know very well that is not the case because my daughter is a hardworking woman.

She only married Mr Tsvangirai because she truly loved this man, whom I also developed to admire a lot because he was a good man.

I know that the two loved each other and it was genuine love that was not driven by anything else.

Nurse Who Leaked Morgan Tsvangirai’s Picture Found Dead, Relatives Claim She Was Murdered

A Zimbabwean nurse, Ms Nomsa Ncube, who worked at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) in Johannesburg, South Africa was found dead four days after MDC-T president Mr Morgan Tsvangirai died from colon cancer at the institution.

Ncube caused a stir when a picture of her posing with a lifeless Tsvangirai went viral on social media. There are different versions on the cause of her death with a family member claiming she may have been killed while some online sources allege that she committed suicide following public condemnation when her picture with Tsvangirai started circulating.

Zimbabwe’s consul general to South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro confirmed Ncube’s death and said investigations were underway to ascertain the cause of death. A family source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the nurse was killed as she was found in a pool of blood.

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Grace Mugabe Will Not Be Arrested When She Goes To South Africa, She Still Has Diplomatic Immunity For Assaulting Model Says Lawyer

Willie Spies, the lawyer for Gabriella Engels, has said that former first lady Grace Mugabe will not be arrested if she enters South Africa despite the fall of former president Robert Mugabe. Spies conceded that Grace still has diplomatic immunity for assaulting Engels with an electrical cable last year at a South African hotel.

Speaking to the daily publication, NewsDay, Spies said:

The fact remains that the prosecuting authority in South Africa does nothing [in bringing Grace to justice]while the immunity granted to the former First Lady, still stands.

However, Spies added that a South African court will hear a motion to set aside Grace’s immunity between 10 and 11 May.

Engels’s mother Debbie added:

We are aware that she is no longer a person of power, that her husband was ousted from office and that the government of Zimbabwe said she does not enjoy any immunity anymore.

In light of the latest developments, our lawyers are working on that case to secure justice for my child.

More: NewsDay

Elizabeth Macheka Kicks Out Morgan Tsvangirai’s Children From The Highlands Mansion

The late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow, Elizabeth, is reported to have kicked out Tsvangirai’s children from the Highlands mansion which belonged to the former Prime Minister.

 

Elizabeth was humiliated by Tsvangirai’ family throughout the funeral and burial ceremonies of her husband with Tsvangirai’s mother, Lydia, openly saying she did not want to see her otherwise she would hang herself.

One of Tsvangirai’s brothers said Elizabeth could not be given special treatment as she was just one of Tsvangirai’s wives since he was a polygamist.

Tsvangirai had six children with his first wife Susan and there are reports that he had four other children with two other women.

Elizabeth confirmed with Voice of America’s Studio 7 that she had barred some of Tsvangirai’s children from the mansion because there was bad blood between her and several members of the family.

Tsvangirai’s brother, Manase, said they are expected to discuss the matter as a family to resolve it amicably.

Elizabeth’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo said there was need for the Tsvangirai family to respect her as she was still married to Tsvangirai before he died.-Insiderzim