Thousands bid Tsvangirai farewell

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BUHERA - THE late Zimbabwean former Prime Minister, Morgan
Tsvangirai, received a rapturous send off at his rural home village south-east
of the capital Harare on Tuesday.

Thousands of high-profile local politicians and from around the continent
joined ordinary Zimbabweans that braved the wet weather, traditionally
befitting to the burial of an icon, at the burial in Buhera.

Queues of vehicles stretched for kilometers as they struggled to access
the burial site as a result of soaring attendance.

Some had to abandon their vehicles on the gravel road to the burial site
and finish their travel by foot.

Among those present were President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Moeletsi Mbeki, the
younger brother to former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, Kenyan
opposition leader, Raila Odinga and globally-renowned Zimbabwean musician
Oliver Mtukudzi.

Jessi Majome of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) summed
up the proceedings that saw hundreds fail to attend the burial because of
the overwhelming number of attendees.

“It’s getting hectic near Tsvangirai homestead as mourners gather for
Morgan’s burial. The road from highway is not that good and people have to
leave cars/buses and walk,” she said.

Another activist said, “Car queues stretch for 3 (three) kilometres from
homestead. Thousands won't make it to burial site.”

Mnangagwa told the media Tsvangirai would always be remembered for striving
for democracy in the Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe politics has been shaped by his contribution,” Mnangagwa said.

MDC acting president Nelson Chamisa, and his two rival co-deputy
presidents Elias Mudzi and Thokozani Khupe were also present.

Tsvangirai died in South Africa last week after battling colon
cancer. He was 65. - CAJ News

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