Tsvangirai to be buried in Buhera

The late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will be laid to rest at his rural home in Buhera, his family has said.

Kelvin Jakachira / Chengetai Murimwa

Tsvangirai passed on in South Africa after a long battle with cancer of the colon.

The late MDC-T leader’s brother Philip Tsvangirai told journalists in South Africa the family is grateful with the assistance they are getting from the government.

“We give thanks to the government for the assistance they are giving,”  Philip Tsvangirai told journalists in South Africa.

“When we arrive in Harare we will proceed to Buhera and bury him next to his wife Susan Tsvangirai who died in 2009.”

Susan died in a car accident in 2009. Her husband escaped with injuries. The government has announced that the late Prime Minister will get full state funeral assistance.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said consultations were underway between Government and the Tsvangirai family to determine what the State could do to ensure a befitting send-off for Tsvangirai.

The European Union Delegation in Zimbabwe consoled the Tsvangirai family in a statement yesterday, describing him as a courageous trade unionist and politician.

“The EU offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the former Prime Minister in these difficult times.”

Born in 1952 as a son of a farmer and mineworker, Tsvangirai left school early and worked for almost ten years in a nickel mine, finding his calling in the mine workers’ union. He rose to become the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and later formed the opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change in 1999.

In South Africa, mourners are gathered at the residence of Tsvangirai’s son Edwin in Johannesburg. Meanwhile Nelson Chamisa has been appointed MDC-T acting President although this is being resisted by Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri.