Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tsvangirai family calls for peace ahead of memorial

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The family of the late former Prime Minister and MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has assured people from all walks of life that the memorial set for this weekend in Humanikwa village, Buhera, will be peaceful unlike the burial that was mired with pockets of violence.

There was violence at Tsvangirai’s burial last year with loyalists of party leader, Nelson Chamisa, threatening to attack MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe and party secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora at the homestead.

However, the family has assured the nation that security was guaranteed during the memorial that is likely to see Chamisa and Khupe coming face to face probably for the first time after the split.

Manase Tsvangirai, brother to the late former Prime Minister, said no party regalia will be allowed at the memorial.

“This is not a party function and it is led by the family. There is security for everyone. We are not going to see a repetition of what happened (at his burial).”

“The emphasis is that we have invited everyone; this is not a partisan thing and on top of that we expect people to come putting what reminds us of Morgan Tsvangirai,” Manase said.

Tsvangirai died last year following a battle with cancer of the colon and was buried in his rural home in Humanikwa, Buhera, where the memorial will be held this Saturday.