wnol.info March 24 2018

Zimbabwe: Thousands gather for Tsvangirai tribute

March 24 2018, 07:50 | Irvin Gilbert

Elizabeth and Tsvangirai mum

Elizabeth and Tsvangirai mum

Zimbabwe's president is expressing condolences over the death of longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and says upcoming elections must be free and fair "in tribute to him".

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.

A public funeral ceremony was held Monday for the late Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died in South Africa last week after a long battle with cancer.

Now Mnangagwa, Mugabe's longtime ally, is in charge and is reaching out to the global community after years of sanctions over alleged human rights abuses and rigged elections, hoping to bring in badly needed foreign investment to revive a collapsing economy.

Tsvangirai became a symbol of resistance to the ruling Zanu PF's authoritarianism, entrenched since Zimbabwe broke from its colonial master Britain in 1980.

"Let us all be united, let us be brothers and sisters and come together and mourn our former prime minister with that spirit".

Tsvangirai pulled out of an election run-off in 2008 following violence which, he said, claimed the lives of at least 200 of his supporters.

Fungai Nyapopoto, 40, a street vendor who travelled to pay his respects, said: "I am mourning our great hero, a man of the people".

"He travelled a hard journey and we should remember that".

Tsvangirai will be buried in his rural home of Buhera, in eastern Zimbabwe, on Tuesday.

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