PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has assigned Lands Minister Perence Shiri to identify a farm to give to the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s family as he continues with his surprise overtures towards the once bitter Zanu PF rival.
This emerged during a courtesy visit to the country’s new leader by Tsvangirai’s children to thank him for the assistance given towards the former MDC-T leader’s funeral February this year.
Garikai Tsvangirai later told the media they had taken it upon themselves to visit the President as a family to offer their gratitude towards the assistance rendered to the late opposition leader’s funeral.
On top of the farm offer, it emerged, Mnangagwa was providing full scholarship for Tsvangirai’s daughter, Millicent through Minister of State for Government Scholarships Christopher Mushohwe.
Mnangagwa also promised assistance in the family’s water purification project.
Tsvangirai succumbed to a long battle with colon cancer on Valentine’s Day this year after leading the popular opposition for 18 years from its formation.
He was renowned for his cutting edge politics which unsettled the ruling party, at one time handing then President Robert Mugabe his first electoral defeat since becoming the country’s leader in 1980.
In death, he was granted a State assisted funeral which saw the government take over all expenses leading to his burial.
When he arrived from South Africa where he died during treatment, the once firebrand opposition leader’s body was given the rare honour of lying in state at One Commando Barracks, something only given to those granted hero’s status.
The State dispatched two helicopters to accompany Tsvangirai’s body to his final resting place in rural Buhera.
During his ailment, Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga visited him at his Highlands mansion where the Zimbabwean leader confirmed his former rival owner of the once government house and further pledged to pay him his dues as former premier.
But it is the farm offer that is ironical as Tsvangirai was always accused by his Zanu PF rivals of resisting the country’s land reform process started by then President Robert Mugabe at the turn of the century.