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Death Threats Against Nelson Chamisa In Split MDC

HARARE – Battle lines have been drawn in the fractured MDC with factions lining up thugs to settle the leadership contest even as opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai is still to be buried, the Daily News on Sunday can report.

Tsvangirai with VP Chamisa and Mwonzora

The MDC, thrown into mourning following Tsvangirai’s death on Wednesday last week, is sharply divided into three factions led by Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri — who are all vice presidents of the opposition party.

Chamisa was controversially appointed acting party president by the MDC national council on Thursday last week, but Khupe and Mudzuri, who both claim to be the bona fide acting presidents, are having none of it.

The Daily News on Sunday can report that the factional fights in the party have degenerated to levels where opposing camps are now threatening to unleash violence on their rivals ahead of Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera on Tuesday.

Chamisa, accused of using violent MDC youths to block Mudzuri from entering the party’s headquarters recently, tweeted yesterday saying he now fears for his life after he swiftly ascended to the throne.

“I’ve taken note of incessant and increased attacks on my character by agents from across the political divide on account of lies, malice and propaganda. I’ve also observed a real threat to my safety and security after numerous attempts upon my life,” said Chamisa.

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed that the MDC, formed in 1999, was now on the edge with reports of possible violence.

“People should not fight when he is being interred. We know that there are some people who are planning such things. Let us first bury Save and then determine the way forward later. I am sad that they are planning violence on the day when the president will be interred, sometimes one wonders whether there is a third hand fanning these brawls,” said Gutu.

Save is Tsvangirai’s totem.

Asked who the acting president of the party is, Gutu said he did not want to be dragged into the wild dog fights now threatening the soul of the country’s biggest opposition party.

“I was brought up in a Christian family, in a traditional set-up. Why not first bury the icon and then talk of the leader later. I don’t want to raise emotions, I feel bad. We want to respect the icon, look I take this as a period of mourning and I don’t want to be caught in a political crossfire, this is a difficult period of mourning, let us not fight at this juncture,” said Gutu.

The MDC constitution is silent on who among the three vice presidents would automatically become the acting president in the event that the office holder becomes incapacitated, dies in office or resigns.

It says “in the event of the death or resignation of the president, the deputy president assumes the role of acting president, pending the holding of an extraordinary congress that shall be held to elect a new president… which extraordinary congress to be held no later than a year from the death or resignation of the former president”.

Yesterday, Chamisa said the issue of who is the acting president of the party had been settled by the MDC national council and there was no need to respond to issues raised through social media.

“This is a period of mourning. The national council sat and made a decision that was made public, if there is a problem you don’t go on social media,” he said.

Asked whether he was aware of possible clashes with rivals, Chamisa said it was possible some people would want to create sideshows.

“I know there are some people who would want to create side shows,” said Chamisa.

Those who are opposed to Chamisa say the national council has no authority to elect an acting president.

Mudzuri yesterday refused to be drawn into the debate while Khupe has since gone on record to highlight that the other two are vice presidents while she is the constitutionally recognised “deputy president”.

“I am the deputy president who was elected at congress and my president appointed two vice presidents. The national council cannot substitute congress. I am a deputy president, the constitution is clear (that) when the president is not there the deputy president acts and I am the deputy president,” said Khupe.

On Thursday last week, MDC vice national chairperson Morgan Komichi who chaired the national council said Chamisa was unanimously elected acting president for a period of 12 months.

The meeting was attended by 190 members out of 215.

In terms of the party’s constitution, an acting president will hold the for whenever the president is absent from Zimbabwe or is for any reason unable to perform his or her powers, functions or administrative duties.

It says the acting president will “perform such functions relating to the function of standing committees and other general matters as may be assigned to him or her by the national council”.

Informed sources within the MDC told the Daily News on Sunday that as things stand, “the MDC has effectively split and we are just waiting for the burial of the president and then make the big announcement”.

Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Mourned In Harare

Zimbabwe’s president has called on all citizens to unite to mourn opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week.

A memorial service for Tsvangirai was held in a packed church in the capital Harare, while outside hundreds of supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gathered.

Tsvangirai died in hospital in South Africa on 15 February at the age of 65.

He will be buried in his home village of Buhera on Tuesday.

President Emerson Mnangagwa visited Tsvangirai’s family to offer condolences ahead of the service.

“Let us all be brothers and sisters, and come together and mourn our former prime minister,” he said after his visit.

“When we write the history of this country, we cannot leave out the participation and role that the former prime minister played in the effort to entrench democratic values in this country,” Mr Mnangagwa added.

The new president, who took over following the military ousting of Mr Mugabe in November, called for “fair, free and credible” elections, which are due to take place this year.

Tsvangirai, the fiercest opponent of Zanu-PF rule, had led the opposition MDC since its formation in 1999.

He gained the most votes in the first round of the presidential election in 2008, but pulled out of the second round after a sharp increase in violence directed at the opposition. Tsvangirai himself was beaten up and jailed.

President Mnangagwa attends a memorial service for opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare, 18 February 2018Image copyrightAFP
Image captionPresident Mnangagwa praised the late opposition leader

As a senior Zanu-PF figure, Mr Mnangagwa has been accused of co-ordinating state intimidation of the opposition at the time, though he has not commented on the allegations.

Following an international outcry over allegations of vote-rigging, Tsvangirai shared power as prime minister with Mr Mugabe. In 2013, he ran again against him but lost decisively.

Anger As Zimbabwe Military Takes Over Morgan Tsvangirai’s Body

Former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s body arrived in Harare from South Africa yesterday afternoon amid chaotic scenes after the government decided to take it to an army mortuary overnight.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/EVERSON MUSHAVA

The MDC-T leader’s body arrived aboard a South African Airways flight after 4pm accompanied by close family members, who including his elderly mother and Tsvangirai’s deputy Thokozani Khupe.

Thousands of Zimbabweans brought the airport to a standstill for several hours as they waited for the release of the body.

There was pandemonium when Tsvangirai’s body was taken to the army’s One Commando barracks in Cranborne instead of a Doves funeral parlour as previously announced.

A Tsvangirai family member said they were taken by surprise as there was no prior warning about the army’s involvement. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government rejected calls to accord the veteran opposition leader national hero status.

Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo said he was instructed by Mnangagwa that the body of Zanu PF’s most strident opponent must be taken to the military mortuary.

“I have been instructed by the president to have the body taken to One Commando Barracks,” Moyo said much to the disapproval of thousands of MDC-T supporters gathered at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

The opposition party youths broke into song and dance accusing Zanu PF of causing Tsvangirai’s death.

Earlier, Khaya Moyo refused to provide reasons why Tsvangirai was not accorded national hero status.

Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa would pay his respects at the Tsvangirai homestead in Buhera at a later date when asked if the president would attend the funeral.

“He will go to the homestead sometime to pay his respects,” he told The Standard.

At One Commando, MDC-T youths waited outside the entrance singing as they demanded that the army hands over the body to the family.

“When he was alive you hated him, mistreated him even to the extent of denying him his victory and now you want to honour him here,” shouted some of the youths.

“You are hypocrites. You soldiers you refused to salute him when he was alive and now you want to salute him.”

Tsvangirai will be buried on Tuesday at his Buhera home. A church service is scheduled for today in Harare ahead of a send-off rally at Freedom Square.
Feuding MDC vice-presidents Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mdzuri were at the airport to receive the body.

Anger As Zimbabwe Military Takes Over Morgan Tsvangirai’s Body

Former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s body arrived in Harare from South Africa yesterday afternoon amid chaotic scenes after the government decided to take it to an army mortuary overnight.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/EVERSON MUSHAVA

The MDC-T leader’s body arrived aboard a South African Airways flight after 4pm accompanied by close family members, who including his elderly mother and Tsvangirai’s deputy Thokozani Khupe.

Thousands of Zimbabweans brought the airport to a standstill for several hours as they waited for the release of the body.

There was pandemonium when Tsvangirai’s body was taken to the army’s One Commando barracks in Cranborne instead of a Doves funeral parlour as previously announced.

A Tsvangirai family member said they were taken by surprise as there was no prior warning about the army’s involvement. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government rejected calls to accord the veteran opposition leader national hero status.

Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo said he was instructed by Mnangagwa that the body of Zanu PF’s most strident opponent must be taken to the military mortuary.

“I have been instructed by the president to have the body taken to One Commando Barracks,” Moyo said much to the disapproval of thousands of MDC-T supporters gathered at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

The opposition party youths broke into song and dance accusing Zanu PF of causing Tsvangirai’s death.

Earlier, Khaya Moyo refused to provide reasons why Tsvangirai was not accorded national hero status.

Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa would pay his respects at the Tsvangirai homestead in Buhera at a later date when asked if the president would attend the funeral.

“He will go to the homestead sometime to pay his respects,” he told The Standard.

At One Commando, MDC-T youths waited outside the entrance singing as they demanded that the army hands over the body to the family.

“When he was alive you hated him, mistreated him even to the extent of denying him his victory and now you want to honour him here,” shouted some of the youths.

“You are hypocrites. You soldiers you refused to salute him when he was alive and now you want to salute him.”

Tsvangirai will be buried on Tuesday at his Buhera home. A church service is scheduled for today in Harare ahead of a send-off rally at Freedom Square.
Feuding MDC vice-presidents Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mdzuri were at the airport to receive the body.

I Will Commit Suicide: Morgan Tsvangirai’s Mother

There was drama at One Commando Barracks, Harare yesterday when the late MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s mother threatened to commit suicide, protesting the presence of her son’s widow, Ms Elizabeth Macheka, and party deputy, Advocate Nelson Chamisa.

The incident occurred around 6pm as mourners gathered at the barrack’s mortuary to receive Mr Tsvangirai’s body from South Africa where he died.

Ms Macheka and Adv Chamisa did not respond, though tension engulfed the occasion.

Mbuya Tsvangirai fumed: “Udza vana sekuru vako kuti Eliza handidi kumuwona pano, naChamisa. Kana speech yaChamisa handidi kuinzwa, ndinozvisungirira (Tell your uncles that I do not want to see Elizabeth and Chamisa. I will commit suicide if Chamisa delivers an address).”

She only calmed down after close relatives intervened.

Adv Chamisa is believed to be at loggerheads with the Tsvangirai family over the fallen opposition leader’s succession.

Reports suggest the family is rooting for Engineer Elias Mudzuri to take over the MDC-T leadership while some senior party leaders are for Adv Chamisa.

The family believes Ms Macheka is in the Chamisa camp.

The fissures were pronounced at One Commando as Adv Chamisa’s supporters cheered him and jeered at Eng Mudzuri and Dr Thokozani Khupe, Mr Tsvangirai’s other deputy.

Mr Tsvangirai’s brother, Mr Manase Tsvangirai, told The Sunday Mail that they had summoned the three and implored them to stop public spats out of respect for their departed boss.

He said this as his other sibling, Collins, gave an emotional narrative of Mr Tsvangirai’s last days.

Collins told the gathering that the 65-year-old opposition leader had shown signs of recovery last Sunday, but his condition deteriorated between Monday and Tuesday.

He subsequently breathed his last on Wednesday.

He had battled colon cancer and a resultant combination of ailments such as kidney failure, heart complications and a depressed blood system.

“I travelled to South Africa to be with him about six weeks ago; our mother and my sisters also joined me there. On Sunday, we had some hope because his face showed signs of glow. When we left the hospital that day at around 8 pm, we thought that he was going to get better.

“But on Monday and Tuesday, his health deteriorated rapidly. When I visited him in hospital on Wednesday, his body temperature was 34 degrees celsius. There was a lot that he was fighting.

“It was not just one disease, but many aliments. He had a problem with his heart, kidneys; and blood system was failing and his legs were swollen. On the day that he died, we prayed vigorously with him as we asked for God’s help, but God chose his way.

“We thank Government for footing the bills and also giving us direct contact from the embassy in South Africa which was also very helpful. We constantly communicated with the authorities and they provided what we asked for.”

Manase told this paper, “Ever since he was diagnosed with cancer, he was very open to the family about his illness. I last visited him in hospital in South Africa on 27 January and he still had hope. He told me that he would remain strong and he would fight with all his strength.

“But it is sad that he died. Even though he died, I think he died a peaceful man. What is painful for us is the thought that perhaps if he had been diagnosed with the disease a bit earlier, maybe it would not have affected him as much as it did in such a quick time.

“Obviously, there was nothing that could have been done because he was a man who went for regular health check-ups. It is a big loss to the family and it is going to be hard to move on without him because you cannot replace such a man.

“As a family, we are humbled by the outpouring of emotion that is coming from not only in Zimbabwe, but all over the world. We are comforted by this show of love for him and it is a befitting send-off for a man of his stature and it will also help to preserve his legacy.”

Acting Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said, “I was sent by His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to go the airport to receive the body on behalf of Government, together with the family and friends. This was a great man.

“I do not have many words because I know His Excellency will visit the house tomorrow (today) and convey his message on behalf of all of us. We thank God for giving us such a courageous leader. He was a leader of vision and a leader of destiny.

“I will report to His Excellency that this was a befitting welcome to a man who was a great leader. He was a man of purpose, a man of strength and a man of courage.”

Mr Tsvangirai’s body will be taken to his Highlands, Harare home today, with a possible public parade later in the day.

It will be taken to his rural home in Buhera tomorrow ahead of Tuesday’s burial.-Sundaymail

Elizabeth Macheka , Nelson Chamisa Affair : Tsvangirai’s Mother Threatens to Kill Herself

Morgan Tsvangirai’s mother Lydia Zvaipa has barred lovebirds Elizabeth Macheka and Nelson Chamisa from attending the burial of former prime minister and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Tuesday.

In a live interview with ZBC, Tsvangirai ‘s mother openly said she does not want to see Elizabeth and Chamisa, otherwise, she will kill herself.

According to sources, the two have been having an affair behind Tsvangirai’s back.

Tsvangirai’s Former Wife Apostle Locadia Consoles Tsvangirai’s Mother – PICS

By Farayi Machamire

Morgan Tsvangirai’s ex-wife Locadia Karimatsenga paid her last respects to the late former prime minister and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Thursday.

Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.
Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.

Clad in black, Locadia — who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory Ministries in South Africa — described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model and leader.

A former trade unionist, Tsvangirai was the face of Zimbabwe’s democracy struggle against the repressive rule of then-president Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

A few months before his passing on, when Mugabe was ousted in a military intervention and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa as president, Tsvangirai urged the new government to create a conducive environment for holding credible, free and fair elections this year.

Since forming the MDC in 1999, Tsvangirai led it in numerous elections. Zanu PF and Zimbabwe’s military responded with waves of violence against his supporters.

At the peak of the former prime minister’s battle with cancer of the colon, Locadia revealed she had totally forgiven Tsvangirai for everything she held against him and had been praying that he gets back to full fitness.

“I am deeply hurt by Morgan’s death,” Locadia told the Daily News after she paid her last respects to the former trade unionist’s mother in South Africa at the home of Tsvangirai’s son Edwin.

“I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all those across the world whose lives were touched by his unfettered resilience.

“It’s the end of an era, but certainly not an end of his legacy. I pray that the MDC leaders come together and stop quarrelling among themselves. That is what Morgan would have wanted,” she said.

Asked what her view was regarding the fracas between her ex’s wife Elizabeth and Tsvangirai’s family, Locadia was cautious.

“It’s something I am not privy to, but if there is any hostility, I urge unity,” she said.

Locadia and Tsvangirai became the subject of frenzied media coverage in November 2011 after she wed Tsvangirai for a hefty bride price at a private ceremony in Mazowe.

The marriage did not last the distance after Tsvangirai sensationally claimed that he had “lost confidence” in the relationship. She later made an application to the courts seeking to stop his wedding with Elizabeth.

The relationship acrimoniously ended in 2012, but she told the Daily News last year that any differences she may have had with the MDC leader was water under the bridge.

Besides church, Locadia is also involved in philanthropy in the densely-populated township of Diepsloot. Daily News

40 Year Old Pastor Chamisa Nickanamed COBRA Is Named Morgan Tsvangirai’s Successor In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC party has appointed an acting president following the death of its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who passed away last night after a long illness.

 

 

Nelson Chamisa, the party’s former deputy, was nominated as interim president as hundreds of party supporters gathered outside the headquarters today to grieve and celebrate Mr Tsvangirai’s life.

The party said they had lost 65-year-old Tsvangirai at a crucial period, just months from elections.

But even as they mourn, a feud over who should succeed Tsvangirai as leader.

One vice-president – Elias Mudzuri – and several senior party members were absent from the national executive meeting.

Details of when the late leader’s body will return to Zimbabwe remain sketchy.

Morgan Tsvangirai Funeral Update : Family Says Still Consulting

The Tsvangirai family says it is still consulting on the funeral arrangements for the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who died in South Africa last night after a long battle with colon cancer.

A visit to number 65 Kew Drive in Highlands also saw mourners flocking in to pay their condolences.

The MDC-T leadership of Ms Thokozani Khupe, Mr Elias Mudzuri and Advocate Nelson Chamisa, among several others, was at the residence and is said to have held a meeting with members of the Tsvangirai family.

Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s young brother, Mr Manasa Tsvangirai said the family is still consulting on the funeral arrangements.

Earlier on, the MDC-T National Executive Council, which is the party’s main policy implementing organ and supreme decision making body outside congress, held an urgent meeting at the party headquarters in Harare this Thursday morning.

However some of the party’s top leadership who include vice presidents; Khupe and Mudzuri, Mr Obert Gutu and Mr Douglas Mwonzora did not attend the meeting.

Addressing the media after the meeting, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Mr Morgan Komichi announced that the national council has resolved to appoint Advocate Chamisa as the Acting President of the party for one year, among other resolutions.

Advocate Chamisa described Mr Tsvangirai as a champion of democracy, saying the party is still struggling to come to terms with his death.

He acknowledged that there are divisions in the party, but called for unity, saying in his last days Mr Tsvangirai strove to leave a legacy of unity.

After the press conference, the resolutions passed by the National Executive Council were announced to scores of MDC-T supporters who had gathered outside the party headquarters.-zbc

Full Text: President Mnangagwa’s Condolence Message On Morgan Tsvangirai’s Death

CONDOLENCE MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, CDE EMMERSON DAMBUDZO MNANGAGWA, FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF MR MORGAN RICHARD TSVANGIRAI,

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

HARARE, 15TH FEBRUARY, 2018.

On behalf of the ruling ZANU-PF party, Government, our Nation, and that of my family, I wish to express deepest condolences to the Tsvangirai Family on the sad passing yesterday evening of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and leader of the opposition MDC-T party. 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 polarizing 2008 elections. Both in and after the Government of National Unity, he remained a national figure who obdurately insisted on free, fair, credible and non-violent elections as a way of strengthening our democracy and our overall re-engagement with the rest of the world.

Whatever other controversial decisions he and his MDC-T party may have made in the past, we all remember him for his insistence on free, fair and peaceful elections which we must validate in the forth-coming 2018 Harmonised Elections in tribute to him and to our democracy. This we owe him as political leaders of all contesting parties in our country which deserves unfettered peace and stability. As part of building political consensus in the country ahead of the Harmonized Elections, I shall soon be inviting leaders of all political parties for a day-long consultative meeting. Indeed the ethic of overarching collaboration above fair and peaceful political contestation must be cultivated and entrenched into our national politics for all times.

As we join the Tsvangirai Family in mourning their dear departed, we pray that the whole Family remains united to give the deceased a dignified send-off. Consultations are underway in Government and with the Family to determine what else Government needs to do to accord the late departed befitting honour.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

E.D. Mnangagwa
President

Zimbabwe Government Offers to Pay for Tsvangirai Funeral Expenses

Zimbabwe is ready to help foot the bill for the funeral arrangements of Morgan Tsvangirai in a tribute to the opposition leader who died after a long battle with cancer, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Tsvangirai’s death on Wednesday in a South African hospital cast his Movement for Democratic Change party into unknown territory less than three months after the army ousted Zimbabwe’s veteran ruler Robert Mugabe.

Arguably Zimbabwe’s most popular politician, Tsvangirai’s career was ultimately defined by his tussles – bother literal and figurative – with 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned after a de facto coup in December.

“The Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances, including assuming the costs that are attendant to the proper handling of the body of the late (Tsvangirai),” said George Charamba, who is also the presidential spokesman.

Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has made no public statement yet on the former trade union leader’s death but postponed a trip to Bulawayo in the south of Zimbabwe due to other “pressing commitments”, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.

Elections are due within the next six months in Zimbabwe and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy.

Bitter War Continues In MDC-T As Chamisa, Mudzuri Call For Separate Meetings Despite Tsvangirai’s Death

It seems as the leadership crisis in the opposition MDC-T party will not stop anytime soon after feuding vice presidents Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa called for separate meetings at two different locations.

At a time when many are expecting the two to be united as they mourn their former principal, Morgan Tsvangirai, who died last night, the feud seems to be continuing. The two fell out after both claimed that they were the rightful acting president when Morgan Tsvangirai was still being treated in South Africa.

Using Microblogging site Twitter to communicate, Chamisa said:

The tragic passing on of Pres MT is a huge blow to the party and the nation. As a party of excellence, we will unite, be disciplined & honour our HERO. A special Executive meeting at 10.  Presser at 11 am Harvest house.

Mudzuri then later posted,

As we mourn our hero, Dr Tsvangirai I want to thank the State for all forms of assistance they have rendered to him and his family and also thank the hospital staff and govt of South Africa for the services rendered All senior officials to meet at his Highlands home 9:30 am today.

Presidents, Friends And Rivals Unite: How Politicians, Notable People Reacted To Morgan Tsvangirai’s Death

Veteran opposition leader and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai died last night after succumbing to cancer of the colon at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. He was 65.  His allies, former allies and rivals all seem united in mourning.

Here is how some politicians reacted to his death:

My brother @SAPresident we appreciate and salute you for the role you played in enhancing our friendship with the People of South Africa. We wish you well in your next phase of Service and Leadership. @MYANC has once again reminded us the importance of strong political parties

To live in the hearts of others is never to die. Your memory will forever be in the hearts of Zimbabweans. You fought a good fight, RIP Save😞

We are saddened by the death of MT, we will sit and see how Zimbabweans can honour that Great son of the soil.

We are stunnedWe are wordless . He was our father ,our commander, our leaderThe warmest among us ,themost loving of all of us The Founder who when no one dared was the 1st to lift his head & look the dictator in the eye .He took body blows for all of us. He led . We are stunned

Although he has been unwell we are in shock at the passing of Tsvangirai, a true democrat who fearlessly stood up to the Mugabe regime and was an inspiration to many. Although we may have differed politically I held a deep respect for MT. My condolences to his family.MHDSRIEP🙏🏽

Leaders have people that respect and admire them even outside their Parties, as a result the passing of MT is a blow to the Nation at large and MDC should be aware that the country is in mourning too

The decision on whether to confer MT with National Hero status should not be based on ZANUPF affinity but rather on his status as an icon for democracy to the Nation

The colossus of the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe & beyond has fallen! The people’s hero is gone. May your dream materialize in our lifetime. Thank you for making me believe that change is possible, the courage & to fight for it, & an opportunity to. RIP Morgan Tsvangirai

A sad day indeed. MT is gone. A great Zimbabwean. A committed patriot. An exemplary leader. A distinguished fighter for democracy and social justice. MHSRIP.

Whilst Morgan Tsvangirai undoubtedly is a hero of heroes and deserves this status more than most it is unlikely that ZANU PF will confer that on him. Generally they confer that honour on those who believe in violence or the obscenely corrupt and MT was neither of those. https://twitter.com/voiceofzim/status/963907747149504512 

The tragic passing on of Pres MT is a huge blow to the party and the nation. As a party of excellence, we will unite,be disciplined & honour our HERO.A special Executive meeting @ 10.Presser @ 11am Harvest house.

Morgan Tsvangirai deserves to be declared a national hero – that’s if the national shrine is dedicated to those who contributed to building the great nation that is Zimbabwe, those who believed that our best days are ahead of us & those who were prepared to fight for the dream.

1/2 RIP @mrtsvangirai. It has been 26 years since I first worked with you in 1992. From the trenches of the trade union movement of ZCTU to serving as your Deputy President in the MDC for the past 12 years, I can truly say you, Mr President, are a true democrat.

1/2 RIP @mrtsvangirai. It has been 26 years since I first worked with you in 1992. From the trenches of the trade union movement of ZCTU to serving as your Deputy President in the MDC for the past 12 years, I can truly say you, Mr President, are a true democrat.

2/2 @mrtsvangirai was a gallant son of the soil who defeated the Zanu -PF regime for the first against all odds and gave a better life to all Zimbabweans. He shall be sorely missed but never forgotten. May his gallant soul rest in eternal peace.

The EFF sends revolutionary condolences on the passing of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

May his soul rest in power!

Yes he is a true democratic hero. But l think there’s nothing special in our national heroes acre of late. Pliz don’t mix him with vampires and carnivores. We can respect him wherever he lies to rest

When a good thing is done wrongly it does not make it a bad thing. MRT is a national hero in my books, period!

Watching news with great sadness. Zimbabwe has suffered a tragic loss tonight. Morgan Tsvangirai was a beacon of hope for so many during Zimbabwe’s darkest days. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Morgan Tsvangirai represented courage and determination in the face of oppression, and gave ordinary Zimbabweans faith to believe in the future. He was one of the bravest political leaders of his time and will be sadly missed.

Zororai murugare VaTsvangirai. Makataridza chivindi panguva yakaoma Vazhinji vakapondwa pamusana penyika asi imi makashingirira kusvika zuro

Kunyangwe zvazvo masimuka zvisati zvaibva, nzira makasiya machenesa VaTsvangirai. Vachateera vanoona mafambiro amaiita. Thank you RIP baba

Photo from when Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s leading opposition politician and his delegation visited me in the States. Morgan spent much of his adult life opposing the murderous Mugabe. Fortunately, Mugabe didn’t do him in– cancer did. RIP

Whether you followed him or not, he had the courage to stand for what he believed in. RIP Morgan Tsvangirai.

Morgan Tsvangirai: Timeline of the brave icon of Zimbabwe’s opposition

Zimbabwe has received the news that Morgan Tsvangirai, the icon of the opposition’s fight against the Zanu-PF government, has died.

Here are the key milestones in Morgan Tsvangirai’s life:

10 March 1952 Morgan Tsvangirai is born in Gutu in the then Southern Rhodesia. He the eldest of 9 children of a carpenter, Chibwe Tsvangirai and house-wife Lydia Tsvangirai.
1968-1969 A 16-year-old Tsvangirai leaves school and becomes a textile weaver.
1980 at Independence Tsvangirai joins Zanu-PF and rises in its ranks
Late 1980s Tsvangirai becomes the Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, a powerful trade union which was to give him a platform to engage in politics in the next decade.
1989 Tsvangirai is arrested and detained by the Zimbabwe Republic Police on allegations of spying for the South African apartheid government.
December 1997 –
early 1998
As ZCTU SG Tsvangirai leads demonstrations against the government for raising taxes. The country comes to a standstill as widespread looting takes place, especially in the capital city, Harare.
September 1999 Together with other activists, Tsvangirai founds the Movement for Democratic Change, posing the first significant opposition threat against the Zanu-PF party.
2000 General Election Tsvangirai’s new MDC party shakes up Zanu-PF as it gains 57 parliamentary seats, against Zanu-PF’s 62.
2002 Ari Ben-Menashe, an Israeli businessman, alleges that Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, had asked him to help “eliminate” President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai is arrested on treason charges.
2003-2004 Tsvangirai is tried for treason.
The trial ends in 2004 with his acquittal.
2001 – 2005 Tsvangirai is arrested several times as Zanu-PF works to frustrate him and the MDC
2005 The MDC party splits over a disagreement on a decision to participate in future elections. Welshman Ncube’s splinter MDC is formed.
2007 Tsvangirai is arrested and badly beaten suffering a fractured skull. He is arrested again just weeks after release.
March 2008 Elections Tsvangirai’s MDC shocks Zanu-PF as he defeats Robert Mugabe in the presidential elections first round. Zanu-PF however unleashes a wave of political violence that results in the death of hundreds of MDC members resulting in Tsvangirai pulling out of the run-off election. Later negotiations with Zanu-PF result in a Government of National Unity.
February 2009 Following the GNU negotiations, Tsvangirai becomes the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Mugabe retains the president position.
6 March 2009 Tsvangirai’s first wife Susan Tsvangirai dies in a car accident along the Harare-Masvingo highway
May 2016 News breaks that Tsvangirai has been rushed to South Africa for treatment over an undisclosed ailment.
June 2016 Tsvangirai discloses to the media that he has colon cancer and is undergoing treatment in South Africa.
June 2016 Tsvangirai appoints Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as MDC-T vice presidents. The party now has three vice presidents. The other is Thokhozani Khupe, who was elected at the party’s last congress.
2017 – Feb 2018 Infighting to succeeding Tsvangirai starts and escalates in the MDC-T between Chamisa, Mudzuri and Khupe. Reaches unprecedented heights in February 2018 threatening a broken party ahead of the 2018 general election.
14 February 2018 MDC Vice-President Mudzuri announces on Twitter that Tsvangirai has died.

 

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect.

He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

5 things you probably didn’t know about Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe has received the news that Morgan Tsvangirai, the icon of the opposition’s fight against the Zanu-PF government, has died. As the MDC-T leader is remembered, here are 5 things some may not know about him:

1. Tsvangirai was the eldest in a family of nine. 

 

2. He left school at the age of 16 to become a textile weaver to support his family.

 

3. Tsvangirai had earlier on joined active politics in the 1987 and 1989 after leading a series of strikes against the ZANU-PFgovernment’s tax increases when he was the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary-General.

 

4. He became the first man to defeat former Zim president Robert Mugabe in an election since 1980 after winning the 2008 Presidential election. He however didn’t become president as Zanu-PF unleashed a wave of political violence which resulted in the death of hundreds of MDC members.

 

5. Tsvangirai was once arrested and detained by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in 1989 on allegations of spying to the South African apartheid government.

1952-2018 : Who is Morgan Richard Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe’s longtime opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has lost his battle with colon cancer, which he disclosed in June 2016 – his dream to lead the southern African nation, never realized.

Born March 10th, 1952, in Gutu, Masvingo province, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai rose from humble beginnings with only a high-school education, to become one of Zimbabwe’s most formidable political and influential figures, earning national, regional and international recognition and respect. The first of nine children from the union of Dzingirai-Chibwe Tsvangirai and Lydia Zvaipa, Tsvangirai’s rise to national prominence stems from his days as the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in 1988, where he led national strikes for the betterment of the country’s workers.

Vibrant and energetic, Tsvangirai, a former member of the ruling Zanu-PF party, became a force to reckon with when the ZCTU he led transitioned into a political party in 1999, with him as its founding president. For almost 20-years since its formation, Tsvangirai and his MDC party centered their message of change on President Robert Mugabe, who has since left office, ousted by the military, in November 2017. However, with Zanu-PF still in charge, now led by former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Tsvangirai pressed on with his message of change, promising his loyal supporters victory over Zanu-PF, despite his failing health.

JOURNEY TOGETHER

“We have travelled this journey together and we’ll complete it together….we have, for the last 20-years, embarked on this journey against this dictatorship.”

Tsvangirai’s strength as an opposition leader was first realized a few months into the formation of the MDC party, when it contested in the 2000 parliamentary elections and clinched 57-seats to Zanu-PF’s 62 – an unprecedented victory since Zanu-PF’s 1980 election victory.

Tsvangirai’s attempt at the presidency two years later, were preceded by accusations of plotting to assassinate President Mugabe, which resulted in his arrest on treason charges. Following his presidential defeat to Mugabe in 2002, Tsvangirai endured more arrests on charges of civil unrest, and a lengthy treason trial before being acquitted in 2004.

In 2007, a year before yet another crucial general election, Tsvangirai endured more assaults at the hands of the state security, for his involvement in anti-government protests. Speaking after his release, Tsvangirai castigated the government’s brutality against citizens.

“Saddest attack on defenseless people.”

The 2008 elections marked another significant political moment for the opposition leader, when he reportedly won the first round of the presidential elections with 47.9% of the votes compared to Mugabe’s 43.2% – a fact acknowledged even by President Mugabe and his wife, Grace. However, due to the violence that preceded the run off, Tsvangirai and his party decided not to contest the elections, assuring victory for Mugabe and his party.

“We in the MDC have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate, sham of an election process. The courageous people of Zimbabwe, this country, and the MDC have done everything humanly and democratically possible to deliver a new Zimbabwe.”

Though Mugabe claimed election victory, Tsvangirai and his party lobbied regional and international bodies to intervene and challenge the outcome. The result was a negotiated Global Political Agreement, facilitated by the Southern African Development Community, headed by then South African President Thabo Mbeki, which paved way for a five-year shared government between the MDC formations and Zanu-PF.

UNITY AGREEMENT

In February 2009, Tsvangirai took the oath of office as Zimbabwe’s prime minister, with Mugabe, who held the position of prime minister until 1987, remaining firmly at the helm as president.

Less than a month after becoming prime minister, tragedy struck Tsvangirai when his wife of more than 30 years – Susan – died in car accident. Tsvangirai was in the same car, but survived.

During the five-year term of the unity government, Tsvangirai and his party received credit for improving the economy and Zimbabwe’s image internationally, but also criticism for failing to address fundamental issues such as electoral reforms.

Despite his hopes of a favorable election outcome in 2013, Mugabe again defeated Tsvangirai by garnering 61% of the vote against the opposition leader’s 34%, in an election that several observers labelled credible and fair, though some noted some irregularities. Tsvangiirai challenged the election outcome in court, but withdrew his court challenge a few weeks later.

MOUNTING CHALLENGES

Aside from his political battles with Zanu-PF, Tsvangirai also faced mounting challenges from several prominent members of his own party, many of whom left to start their own parties, due to what some called Tsvangirai’s “dictatorial” tendencies and lack of vision. Tsvangirai faced his first major internal opposition in 2005, over disagreements to contest the Senate elections. Many of the breakaway members continued to use elements of the MDC name, often creating confusion.

Tsvangirai faced another challenge when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2016, which he shared publicly. Following his diagnosis, which involved various rounds of chemotherapy, Tsvangirai faced various calls to step down, citing his inability to withstand the pressures of the election campaign. Despite criticism, Tsvangirai remained determined to see the elections through.

“I’m not a stone, I am a human being. And so the doctor advised that I should take it easy for a while. I am back at work, I was at work yesterday, just to dispel some of the speculations about Tsvangirai collapsing again and going into hospital again.”

MARRIAGE

Now remarried to Elizabeth Macheka, Tsvangirai drew ridicule during his tenure as prime minister, after reports surfaced of his alleged womanizing, and recklessness. Among the most public was his short marriage to Lorcadia Karimatsenga, who he divorced a short time later.

Despite his shortcomings as a politician and private citizen, Tsvangirai gained the respect of many in Zimbabwe and around the world, for his bravery as a political opponent to Mugabe and the ruling Zanu-PF party. Among the various recognitions Tsvangirai received were Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 2008 and 2009, honorary doctorate degrees and others. Tsvangirai’s decision to go public with his cancer diagnosis and his courageous fight against the cancer that ultimately deprived him of the opportunity to fulfil his dreams of a new Zimbabwe as its president, also gained him additional respect.

He is survived by several children and his wife, Elizabeth.

Morgan Tsvangirai Dies

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s longtime opposition leader and former Prime Minister, has died in a South African hospital at the age of 65, according to MDC party spokesman Nelson Chamisa.

Tsvangirai had been in and out of hospital since disclosing in June 2016 that he had colon cancer. He returned to Johannesburg for another round of treatment in early January.
Tsvangirai was the veteran leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, and one of the most prominent critics of the former Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU-PF party.
His death greatly increases the power of ZANU-PF ahead of elections later this year. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over as President and ZANU-PF leader after Mugabe’s resignation last November, will be the heavy favorite to win the vote.

A miner and a fighter

Tsvangirai was born the eldest of nine children in a working-class family and was a miner for many years.
He joined ZANU-PF in 1980 after Zimbabwe’s independence and rose quickly through the ranks.

In 1989 he became secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, emerging as opposition leader in 1997 and forming the MDC two years later.
The MDC adopted the symbol of the open palm to express opposition to the closed fist of Mugabe’s party. Often, its members bore the brunt of the brutality from ZANU-PF and the government-controlled police force and army.
In 2007, the world was shocked to see pictures of Tsvangirai’s injuries after he was beaten by police for taking part in a prayer meeting that authorities said was illegal.
Over the years, he was arrested repeatedly and accused of treason and plotting to assassinate the President, among other charges, but was never convicted. He continued to serve as the head of his party and to stand against Mugabe in various presidential and parliamentary elections.

Tsvangirai was the main challenger to Mugabe in 2008 elections, and managed to win 47% of the vote against ZANU-PF’s 43% in the first round, sending the vote to a runoff.
But Tsvangirai pulled out of the second round, declaring he could “no longer participate in a race that’s been marred by the widespread intimidation, torture, mutilation and murder” of his followers.

Power-sharing deal

The two longtime rivals signed a power-sharing deal that allowed Mugabe to remain President and made Tsvangirai the prime minister in a unity government from 2009 to 2013.

Tsvangirai's advice for new Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa

Tsvangirai’s advice for new Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa07:10
But just days after being sworn in, Tsvangirai and his wife, Susan, were involved in a horrific car accident. Tsvangirai walked away from crash, but Susan was killed.
Tsvangirai challenged Mugabe again in the 2013 election but lost. He alleged widespread fraud but withdrew a legal challenge to overturn the outcome.
In the years to come, Tsvangirai would spend less time in the spotlight, and his dream of a peaceful and democratic transition of power from Mugabe was never realized.
His arch foe was eventually removed from power by his own party last year, but for Tsvangirai, whose health was declining, it was already too late.

Mawere meets Tsvangirai, sheds new light on the party’s leadership crisis

AS the leadership row threatening to tear the MDC-T apart – and for the third time – continues unresolved, a visit to the ailing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai by South Africa based businessman Mutumwa Mawere throws some new light on the febrile drama.

The latest row is apparently over who should be acting MDC-T leader between the three vice presidents – Thokozani Khupe, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri. More broadly however, is a succession fight that mirrors a similarly bitter ruckus in the ruling Zanu PF party which was only resolved by a military coup.

Below is a Mawere’s account of his visit to Tsvangirai at the South Africa hospital where the former premier is admitted and receiving treatment for colon cancer. Mawere allowed NewZimbabew.com to publish his post.

FOR anyone in doubt that Tsvangirai met with Elias Mudzuri and that, in truth and fact, he signed the letter confirming Mudzuri as the Acting President of the MDC-T party, this picture (see hospital bed image above) is one of many I have seen with my eyes that should put any debate at rest.

Some may question my interest and legitimacy in meddling in this matter that in any event should never be a subject of any dispute especially when the facts stubbornly stand on their own.

I got a call yesterday (Tuesday) from a close Tsvangirai family member. Some may not know that I am related to Tsvangirai. I heeded the call and visited the hospital yesterday. I, like many, doubted Mudzuri’s version that he met with Tsvangirai on the 8th and 9th of February. It is common cause that the visit by Mudzuri, Thokozani Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora appears to be at the core of the dispute between the office bearers in the party.

What are the facts?

1. I confirmed that the series of events started with the visit to SA by Hon Chamisa on 1 Feb 2018. He tried in vain to see Tsvangirai. The version as presented by the Tsvangirai family is that he tried to use Edwin Tsvangirai, the son of Tsvangirai, to bridge him to Tsvangirai but this route failed to produce the intended results. Collins Tsvangirai, Tsvangirai’s younger brother, confirmed speaking to Hon Chamisa on 1 Feb. It is Collins’ version that he told Hon Chamisa that it would not be possible to see Tsvangirai.

2. On 2 Feb 2018, Tsvangirai’s wife unknown to the members of the Tsvangirai family attending to him in SA disappeared for the day only to surface at the hospital at 20:13 in the evening. Unknown to her, a member of the Tsvangirai family had seen her in Zimbabwe driving to the airport presumably to catch a flight back to SA. She apparently had told Tsvangirai that she was not feeling well and the message was transmitted by Elizabeth’s government-assigned assistant.

3. On 7 Feb 2018, the issue regarding the disputed appointment of Hon Chamisa pursuant to a letter purportedly authored and signed by Tsvangirai and allegedly transmitted through his spokesman came to the fore. At issue was whether Mudzuri was fired for his participation at the Cape Town meeting and in his place, Hon Chamisa was appointed as the Acting President. The facts established confirm that Luke at all material times did not have any direct or indirect contact with Tsvangirai who apparently stopped using cell-phones some months ago. It is not in dispute that Luke Tamborinyoka (Tsvangirai’s spokesman) is living in Zimbabwe and there is no suggestion that he visited SA on 7 Feb 2018. The family believes that Luke bears the onus to prove how he got the letter that he says was signed by Tsvangirai. At the present moment, it would appear that no facts exist to support the version asserted by Luke. What emerged during my visit was that Tsvangirai tried in vain to reach Luke before the latter’s press statement sticking to a version that in truth and fact, Hon. Chamisa was the de jure Acting President.

4. On 8 Feb, Mudzuri visited Tsvangirai and they met in the evening at the hospital. This was followed by another meeting on 9 Feb before Mudzuri’s SABC interview. As you can see in the attached pic, it is Tsvangirai’s hands holding the letter that is already in the public domain confirming Mudzuri’s version. Common sense would dictate that if Luke and Hon. Chamisa’s version is true, then surely it would be absurd that Tsvangirai appointed Hon. Chamisa to be the Acting President on 7 February only to repudiate the appointment on the following day.
It is clear that the facts should be allowed to guide us. Having satisfied myself that there is only one truth, I then interviewed Collins so that the world may know where fact begins and ends and where self-serving fiction begins and ends.

It may be the case that within the Tsvangirai family, there could be a person trying to play mischief. Who could this person and what could possibly be the driving motive. It is not in dispute that Tsvangirai is not well. Some of us would recall that the reasons succession played a big part in the events leading to the exit of Mugabe were the twin issues of advanced age and health.

What is not in dispute that the political legacy of Tsvangirai is heavily contested. There are people who have already written his obituary before the event. There are some who are concerned that if Tsvangirai dies before the succession issue is settled, they may be played out of the game.

It is really sad to see events unfold in this manner. What lessons do we all learn from this?

NewZim

Video: Tsvangirai ‘s Brother Says Elizabeth Was Barred By Tsvangirai Himself From Visiting After Suspicious Movements

Morgan Tsvangirai's brother Collins with Mutumwa Mawere

Morgan Tsvangirai’s brother Collins has alleged that Tsvangirai’s wife, Elizabeth Macheka, has been lying about her whereabouts and movement to her husband. Collins insisted that this is the reason why Elizabeth was barred from visiting Tsvangirai in hospital.  He also said that contrary to media reports, it was Tsvangirai himself who had barred her and not the family.  Collins also accused Tsvangirai’s presidential spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka and Nelson Chamisa of lying about communicating with Morgan Tsvangirai.

Collins was speaking to South African based businessman Mutumwa Mawere.

2500 Zimbabweans In UK to Be Deported

The British government has announced its intention to repatriate some 2500 Zimbabweans who have no documents to stay in the United Kingdom.

This was revealed by the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Catriona Lang when she met with Vice President Kembo Mohadi at his Munhumutapa office in Harare this afternoon.

In an interview with journalists after the meeting, Cde Mohadi said Zimbabwe has no problem receiving its nationals back but would want them vetted to ensure that they are genuine Zimbabweans before taking them back.

The wide ranging discussions also touched on the land issue which Cde Mohadi said was the reason why Zimbabweans went to war, and prospects on Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth, an issue which he said depends on Zimbabwe.

The Vice President also announced that the issue of the repatriation of the remains of some Zimbabweans who fell during the First Chimurenga of the 1890s was also discussed.

These include the heads of chiefs such as Mashayamombe, Chinengundu and others, as well those of Mbuya Nehanda.

The remains are said to be in the British Natural History Museum in London.

Cde Mohadi also briefed the British Ambassador on the planned work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

Ambassador Lang said discussions also centred on reengagement so as to normalise bilateral relations and steps required to attain this including the importance of free fair and credible elections.

They also talked about work being done on land compensation and Zimbabwe’s plans to reengage the international financial institutions, implement the Lima Plan and what Britain can do in support of that.

Soon afterwards, Vice President Mohadi held talks with the European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Phillipe van Damme.

The two discussed the work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and the importance of the impending elections in the re-engagement process and normalisation of the Zimbabwe – EU relations.-ZBC

MDC-T Succession Battles Turns Nasty As Nelson Chamisa Loyalists Blocked Rival Mudzuri From Harvest House

MDC-T vice-president Elias Mudzuri was yesterday reportedly barred from entering the party headquarters, Harvest House, by youths aligned to his counterpart Nelson Chamisa as the opposition party’s succession fights turned
nastier.

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA/
BLESSED MHLANGA

Mudzuri intended to address a Press conference to assert his authority as acting MDC-T president, but Chamisa’s backers, who identified themselves as “the Vanguard”, could not allow him to proceed with the media briefing.

The youths turned violent and threatened to beat up Mudzuri, forcing him to leave the party offices in a huff.

The drama occurred as Chamisa, who claimed to have been recently appointed as acting party president, was addressing the MDC-T secretariat.

Presidential spokesperson Luke Tambarinyoka confirmed the meeting between Chamisa and members of staff as the party gears for polls.

“The acting president held a meeting with staff members of the party. I can’t get into the details or dynamics of the meeting because these are internal party matters,” he said, adding he was unaware of Mudzuri’s planned media briefing.

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed that Mudzuri had postponed his Press briefing, but declined to shed further details.

“There was supposed to be a Press conference, but it has been postponed to a later date. I am not yet aware of the reasons,” he said.

Asked why he cancelled his Press conference yesterday, Mudzuri said there were some developments taking place, but would not disclose them.

Hours later, he released a statement reaffirming his position as the party’s acting president.

“When I was appointed acting president, it was done so by president Morgan Tsvangirai openly in the presence of the party presidium and in the full knowledge of the entire national party leadership to ‘act’ until the president’s return,” Mudzuri’s statement read.

He accused Tamborinyoka of bending party rules and unilaterally appointing Chamisa as acting party president without Tsvangirai’s consent.

“It’s criminal to impersonate and mock our president given the situation he is dealing with. That must stop immediately,” he said.

Mudzuri also blamed MDC Alliance partners of interfering in the party’s internal affairs.

Ailing Morgan Tsvangirai Refuses to Eat Over Wife Elizabeth

Ailing MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has been placed into an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a Johannesburg hospital after he refused to eat for 10 days due to the alleged ill-treatment of his wife Elizabeth by his family, the Daily News On Sunday can reveal.

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai

by Gift Phiri

Elizabeth has been barred from seeing her husband by senior figures within the Tsvangirai family who, according to a leaked audio tape, have also seized his diplomatic passport as the factionalism ripping the MDC apart is said to have extended to the former prime minister’s family.

The sad developments are said to have contributed to the rapid deterioration of the health of the former PM in the stability-inducing unity government which has driven the MDC to the brink of splitting.

Recently, government came to the rescue of Tsvangirai when it deployed armed police guards to stave off the former unionist’s alleged relatives who had wanted to raid his Highlands home of household property.

Yesterday, the Daily News On Sunday was told that now Tsvangirai has been diagnosed with a kidney tumour which is in an advanced stage and has grown into the liver.
Tsvangirai is under the care of specialist physician and pulmonologist Gunter K Schleicher, who is working with two specialist physicians and a specialist anaesthetist.

Sources said before Tsvangirai’s health had further deteriorated, he had wanted to travel to Zimbabwe to try and stop the ugly infighting in the MDC but had his passport confiscated by one of his brothers.

According to the leaked audio tape in possession of the Daily News On Sunday, Tsvangirai protested the seizure of his passport in a bedside meeting held 12 days ago attended by nephew Hebson Makuvise, his brothers Manase and Collins, sister Dzidzai and his uncle a Sekuru Zvaipa.

“Taurai zvamunotaura mukoma asi passport hamuiwani (You can say what you want but you won’t get the passport),” Manase says in a recording in possession of the Daily News on Sunday. “Iri pairi, haina kupiswa (It’s somewhere, we haven’t burnt it).”

“Do you know it’s a criminal offence?” an agitated Tsvangirai interjects

“It’s a criminal offence tozviziva (we know),” Manasa shoots back.

“Ndipei passport yangu. Ini ndiri kuti ndipei passport yangu (Give me my passport), what’s the problem,” Tsvangirai protests.

“Zvauri kutaura iwewe (What you are saying), you are right, isusu we are also right,” Manase insists.

Tsvangirai interjects in a faint voice: “This passport is a new passport, it is a diplomatic passport and I may want to use it.”

“Ndipei passport yangu ndigare nayo. Asi kana mavakuti mavakuita zvamavakuita, ini handichaidi. (Let me keep my passport. If you don’t want with it, then I don’t want it anymore,” Tsvangirai said in the tape.

Family spokesperson Makuvise told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday Tsvangirai cannot return home because he was undergoing treatment.

“Uri kupi Tsvangirai, (where is he) he is detained in hospital. Munhu anonzi ainde Zimbabwe achigwara (They want him to return home when he is sick),” he asked rhetorically.

Told that the MDC wants him home to deal with the deadly MDC factionalism, he retorted: “Musangano ka uyu. Passport harisi reMDC, ndera Tsvangirai. Politics idzodzo dzakapata. Vanodzoka kumusha kuzodii? I am holding on to the passport iye ari pamubedha ari kurapwa? (The passport is not an MDC document, it’s Tsvangirai’s document. This has nothing to do with the MDC, it’s a family issue.)”

After that confrontation, coupled with the barring of his wife, the Daily News On Sunday understands that Tsvangirai then refused to eat.

His health deteriorated sharply and doctors who examined him reportedly told the family that the hunger strike was threatening to do permanent damage to his organs.
He was then carted into the ICU.

The Daily News on Sunday can report that Tsvangirai wanted to return home to anoint his successor, and put down direct defiance of his order.

The MDC is being devoured by factional fights which have intensified ever since Tsvangirai hinted that he was thinking of quitting active politics due to his failing health.

The once-dogged labour union leader has been in and out of South African hospitals for cancer of the colon treatment in the last months.

As his health continues to worry his supporters and family, his senior officials in the MDC have been going at each other hammer and tongs with different factions punting their preferred candidates to succeed the former PM.

On Thursday, the infighting within the MDC degenerated into comical scenes as the VPs publicly clashed while Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, was forced to call an urgent press conference to tell journalists that he was still in charge of communication and had indeed been instructed by the former PM in the inclusive government to communicate the appointment of Chamisa as acting president.

Tsvangirai’s family on Friday came out backing one of the MDC vice presidents Elias  Mudzuri who insists that he’s in charge of the party in the absence of the former PM.

Mudzuri, 60, on Friday also claimed to have seen Tsvangirai at the top-notch 190-bed top-notch Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) in Johannesburg, South Africa and claimed he was still the acting president.

“I had the privilege of meeting president Tsvangirai. Meeting him again today. I am still the acting president until his return. Please stay focused on strengthening the party and winning elections. Ignore falsehoods. Victory is certain,” Mudzuri said on microblogging site Twitter on Friday.

His claim was backed by Tsvangirai’s eldest son Edwin during an interview with South African Broadcasting Corporation.

However, another Tsvangirai’s son Vincent told the Daily News on Sunday the hospital has dramatically tightened the rules on his dad’s hospital visitors since he slipped into semi-consciousness.

“VP Mudzuri is lying. My dad is currently not receiving any visitors. He has not seen anyone in the last 48 hours and will not see anyone in the next 48 hours,” he said.

Apart from being worried by ugly MDC factional fights, Tsvangirai has had to watch his wife being denied access to him by his relatives.

Last week, our sister paper, the Daily News, exclusively revealed that Tsvangirai’s family members were refusing to allow Elizabeth, to see him at the WDGMC.

Close relatives of the MDC leader accuse Elizabeth of backing Chamisa to succeed Tsvangirai and fear she could put pressure on him to facilitate his ascendancy to the throne without following the party’s constitution.

Elizabeth did not deny the ill-treatment and told the Daily News: “I will only talk when all this is over, when my husband is out of hospital. Right now I am concentrating on my husband’s sickness. Whatever is happening, I have no comment. When my husband is fully recovered, I will make a statement.”

Tsvangirai’s wife enjoys cordial relations with the youthful acting MDC president.

Tsvangirai wed Elizabeth (nee Macheka) in September 2012.

Mnangagwa Deploys Heavily Armed Police As Family Fight Over Tsvangirai Property

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Sunday came to the rescue of ailing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai when it deployed armed police guards to stave off the former prime minister’s alleged relatives who had wanted to raid his Highlands home of household property.

The visit to Tsvangirai’s residence by his relatives comes as they have been caught up in the ugly MDC infighting which has seen his wife, Elizabeth, being denied access to him on account she is trying to influence the ascendency of one of the party’s vice presidents, Nelson Chamisa, to succeed her ailing husband.

Tsvangirai is said to be in a critical but “stable” condition at a South African hospital where he has been receiving treatment for cancer of the colon, which has kept him out of active involvement with the MDC for over four months.

Acting police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga did not deny that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had deployed armed guards to Tsvangirai’s residence but told the Daily News that the Police Protection Unit (PPU) did not directly fall under his office.

The PPU was the one deployed to Tsvangirai’s residence.

Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu said he could not confirm the incident as he was yet to get a briefing.

“I have not been given any details regarding that. I haven’t been briefed about that yet. I can only do that after getting the brief,” Mpofu told the Daily News yesterday.

Sources within Tsvangirai’s own security told the Daily News that three people who claimed to be the former PM’s relatives turned up at his Highlands mansion on Sunday unannounced and asked to gain access into the main house to “pick some things”.

Tsvangirai’s immediate family members, Elizabeth and his children were said to be in South Africa when the relatives pitched up at the residence.

However, sources within the deeply-divided Tsvangirai’s family, said most relatives had turned against Elizabeth and the impromptu visit last Sunday, at a time they knew there was no one at the residence, served to underline this.

“They sent people to Tsvangirai’s house who claimed to represent the family  and wanted to take things out and they were denied entry by the security who became suspicious and demanded to know what exactly they wanted to take out,” said the source.

“They only left after Tsvangirai’s security called the police otherwise they wanted to get in by force. Nobody ever got to know what exactly they wanted to take out because they insisted that they wanted something inside.

“It later became clear that they wanted to transfer property to Tsvangirai’s old Strathaven home where he used to stay with his late wife, Susan, before the inclusive government in 2009,” added the source.

The Daily News yesterday exclusively revealed that Tsvangirai’s family members are refusing to allow Elizabeth, to see him at the top-notch 190-bed Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Close relatives of the MDC leader accuse Elizabeth of backing Chamisa to succeed Tsvangirai and fear she could put pressure on him to facilitate his ascendancy to the throne without following the party’s constitution.

Tsvangirai’s wife enjoys cordial relations with the youthful acting MDC president.

Tsvangirai wed Elizabeth (nee Macheka) in September 2012.

The Daily News was told a war of words which almost degenerated into a fist-fight erupted at the hospital last week, when Tsvangirai’s family members tried to bar Elizabeth from seeing him, with physicians drawn into the complicated family situation.

Tsvangirai’s son, Vincent, was reportedly restrained from assaulting his step-mum after clashing with Elizabeth.

He reportedly vowed that she will never be allowed near his father as long as he lives.

Elizabeth did not deny the ill-treatment and told the Daily News: “I will only talk when all this is over, when my husband is out of hospital. Right now I am concentrating on my husband’s sickness. Whatever is happening, I have no comment. When my husband is fully recovered, I will make a statement.”

A senior MDC official who declined to be named alleged the Tsvangirai family was being manipulated by a top MDC financier (name withheld) with ulterior motives for choreographing the succession in the MDC.

“His wife was told to go away and could not see her husband. It is spousal abuse,” he said.

He accused the family of abusing an ailing Tsvangirai for their own interests, along with a cabal of MDC leaders pushing their proxies to succeed the MDC leader.

The MDC is being devoured by factional fights which have intensified ever since Tsvangirai hinted that he was thinking of quitting active politics due to his failing health.

Tsvangirai’s health deteriorated at the weekend with party and family sources urging the nation “to brace for the worst”.

The once-dogged labour union leader has been in and out of South African hospitals for cancer of the colon treatment in the last months.

As his health continues to worry his supporters and family, his senior officials in the MDC have been going at each other hammer and tongs with different factions punting their preferred candidates to succeed the former PM.

On Wednesday, his two deputies Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe and secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, were accused of hobnobbing with the defeated Zanu PF G40 faction and former vice president Joice Mujuru, who now leads the National People’s Party (NPP) which has so far refused to join the MDC Alliance.

This was after they undertook a trip to Cape Town for a workshop which was rubbished by the party which described their journey as a “shame”.

And on Thursday, the infighting within the MDC degenerated into comical scenes as the VPs publicly clashed while Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, was forced to call an urgent press conference to tell journalists that he was still in charge of communications and had indeed been instructed by the former PM in the inclusive government to communicate the appointment of Chamisa as acting president.

“I want to place it on record that I am the official spokesperson of the president and what I place on the market are his views as instructed personally by him. That position has not changed.

“I also want to place it on record that there is a purported statement from the office of the president that seeks to nullify what the president himself directed that I communicate. For the record, that letter is on a fraudulent letterhead with a scanned signature of the president, which signature is readily available online.

“The office of the president has not released such a letterhead to anyone and the president, who is currently in SA, has not asked for it for him to place his purported letter. In short, the so-called letter is fraudulent and bogus,” Tamborinyoka told journalists.

He said Chamisa had already assumed his responsibilities in an acting capacity as directed by Tsvangirai.

At the same time, a letter purportedly written by Tsvangirai dismissing Chamisa’s appointment as acting president, emerged. Tamborinyoka said it was a hoax.

“I have been advised of communication being circulated within the party and public generally, regarding changes to MDC authority levels. The communication is false as I have made no such changes in the roles and responsibilities of the MDC vice presidents.

“The letter serves to confirm that the authority I vested in you as president of the MDC party still stands and any other pronunciations are null and void and invalid,” Tsvangirai allegedly said in the letter that was copied to Chamisa, Khupe and Mudzuri.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu appeared to confirm the authenticity of the letter when he said Tamborinyoka had not been authorised to hold his press conference and maintained that Mudzuri was acting president, not Chamisa.

“I don’t know who authorised him (Tamborinyoka) to call for the conference. In the interim, I maintain that I have been authoritatively advised that Mudzuri remains the acting president of the MDC. I am not going to attend Luke’s press conference because I have got absolutely no appetite to witness a circus,” Gutu told the Daily News.

Dzamara Among Six In Cought For Fighting Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe

Six men were last week arraigned before the courts for allegedly calling deputy finance minister Terrence Mukupe a thief and threatening to bash him in a dispute over land.

Caledonia settlers Tawanda Dzamara, 33, Mapfumo Brian Madzorera, 36, Mohammad William, 38, Shingirirayi Banoni, 35, Alfred Mutizwa 34 and Shupikai Nyakabau, 26, were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa last Thursday.

They were remanded to February 26 on $50 bail each.

The incident occurred earlier this month at Eastview Phase 6 where the accused are members of Tasangana Housing Co-operative Society.

Along with accomplices yet to be apprehended, the six reportedly hectored the minister after learning that he had supposedly occupied a piece of land they claimed to own had been occupied.

On the day in question, Mukupe, who is also Harare East legislator, had reportedly brought land developers and earthmoving equipment to the site.

This angered the accused who then approached the minister’s security guards, one Joseph Madenyika and a Edson Muchabaiwa.

Prosecutors say the suspects displayed disorderly conduct by threatening the minister’s guards.

One of the accused allegedly produced a baseball bat and used it to assault the two guards while another suspect shouted at Mukupe calling him a thief and threatening to bash him.

The case was reported, leading to the arrest of the six men.

Linda Gadzikwa appeared for the State.

Mnangagwa Steps Down

Zimbabwe First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has stepped down as Member of Parliament for Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe with effect from today.

This was announced by President Emerson Mnangagwa at a mini-rally in Chirumanzu where he said although he had taken the opportunity to address the crowd, his main mission was to announce his wife’s stepping down.

Auxillia Mnanagwa had remained a legislator when her husband took over the presidency on 24 November causing Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda a headache on how to address her in the House.

At one time, the Speaker had to order her bodyguard out of the House when she walked with the First Lady into Parliament.

Mnangagwa ‘s Wife Sheds Tears at Rally

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday burst into tears in front of multitudes of Zanu PF supporters at a rally as her husband, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced her immediate stepping down as Chirumanzu-Zibabwe legislator.

By Stephen Chadenga

There was deafening silence as the people appeared shocked by the announcement and many looked sombre and downcast as the first lady struggled to stem flowing tears with party chairperson, Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri consoling her.

Mnangagwa said his wife was quitting her seat as MP for the constituency with immediate effect to concentrate on her role as first lady.

As it dawned on him that his announcement had unsettled the rally, Mnangagwa asked his wife and the people to calm down and not turn the rally into “a funeral”.

Mnangagwa told the rally held at Mvuma stadium that his wife preferred to concentrate on her role as mother of the whole nation and not just a particular constituency.

“She said she could not be Amai Mnangagwa for Chirumanzu-Zibagwe but that she should be the mother of the nation,” Mnangagwa said.

“So we agreed with Amai Mnangagwa that she should step down as MP here. She is stopping being MP from today (yesterday) onwards and she becomes the mother of the nation. She is now MP everywhere she goes.”

Mnangagwa said Zanu PF supporters should choose another candidate to replace the first lady.

He, however, assured people in the constituency that Auxillia had not abandoned them by the decision as she would come back to support projects she helped start in the constituency.

“She said she could not say it [stepping down]herself and asked me to say these words. We should not be saddened by this decision but we should be happy that she [first lady]has had added responsibilities on her shoulder,” Mnangagwa said.

Soon after the announcement, a group of women from the ruling party, wailed in front of the VIP podium with some throwing themselves on the ground.

The visibly emotional first lady told journalists on the sidelines of the rally that she was touched by the response from the women on her decision to resign as MP.

“I am really hurt seeing the women crying,” she said.

In a by election in March 2015, Auxillia retained the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe seat previously held by her husband who also stepped down after being appointed vice-president by former president Robert Mugabe.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said people were really shocked that the First Lady was stepping down and that Auxillia could also not hold back tears on seeing the reaction of her supporters.

“Women came from all over crying and throwing themselves down. Obviously, people didn’t want her to resign,” Muchinguri-Kashiri told The Standard last night.

“People were giving testimonies of many things that she did to the constituency. You could see that people were hurt and we ended up saying she must continue visiting them and keeping in touch with the group that she worked with. We said she must not abandon them,” Muchinguri said.

Since the elevation of her husband, Auxillia has embarked on a whirlwind tour visiting health institutions, meeting disadvantaged people, especially children, orphans and engaging in other philanthropic duties.

Tshinga Dube Critically Ill

Former war veterans minister, under the Robert Mugabe regime, Tshinga Dube is critically ill.

Sources close to the former cabinet minister have said Dube is currently in hospital in Harare. “He used to travel to India for his treatment but now he is hospitalised at WestEnd Hospital,” said the source who says he last visited him on Thursday 8 February 2018.