- The Zimbabwean government has offered to take care of the funeral expenses for the late opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangarai
- A presidential spokesman stated that the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances
- Tsvangarai passed away in a South-African hospital on Wednesday, after losing his battle with cancer
Zimbabwe is ready to help foot the bill for the funeral arrangements of Morgan Tsvangirai in a tribute to the opposition leader who died after a long battle with cancer, a government spokesman said on Thursday, February 15, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Tsvangirai’s death on Wednesday, February 14, in a South African hospital cast his Movement for Democratic Change party into unknown territory less than three months after the army ousted Zimbabwe’s veteran ruler Robert Mugabe.
Arguably Zimbabwe’s most popular politician, Tsvangirai’s career was ultimately defined by his tussles, both literal and figurative, with 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned after a de facto coup in December, 2017.
“The Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances, including assuming the costs that are attendant to the proper handling of the body of the late (Tsvangirai)," said George Charamba, who is also the presidential spokesman.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has made no public statement yet on the former trade union leader’s death but postponed a trip to Bulawayo in the south of Zimbabwe due to other “pressing commitments”, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.
Elections are due within the next six months in Zimbabwe and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought the regime of former president Robert Mugabe for many years, Morgan Tsvangirai, had died.
Tsvangirai died at the age of 65, after battling against cancer; and the development was made public by Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.
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