Funeral Arrangements: President Mnangagwa says Morgan Tsvangirai will get State Assisted Funeral


President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the late former Prime Minister and MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai will be given a state assisted funeral.

Speaking to journalists, Cde Mnangagwa said the government has instructed the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa to liaise with the Tsvangirai family on how best to deal with the departure of the late opposition MDC-T party leader.

He added that Mr Tsvangirai shaped the political discourse in this country for a long time he was in politics and was the Prime Minister for five years hence the need for a befitting send-off.

Mr Tsvangirai (65) died yesterday in South Africa where he was receiving treatment for colon cancer.

Meanwhile 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.

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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.


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