Morgan Tsvangirai has died
The leader of Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, has died, a party official has confirmed.
Via his Twitter account, one of the vice presidents Engineer Elias Mudzuri broke the news:
As you are aware that our MDC T President, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has not been feeling well for some time, it is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the party and the nation at this hour.
— Elias Mudzuri (@EngMudzuri) February 14, 2018
Tsvangirai revealed he had been suffering from colon cancer in June 2016 and after that was frequently in hospital getting treatment.
At the time of his death he was receiving treatment in South Africa.
I am very sad to hear that Morgan Tsvangirai has lost his brave final battle. He will remain one of the giants of the long struggle to bring democracy to #Zimbabwe. I will remember him for his courage, humility, humour and relentless determination to bring freedom to Zim. RIP MT
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) February 14, 2018
A very popular leader, Tsvangirai was instrumental in creating a fearless and credible opposition in Zimbabwe, one that caused numerous headaches for then President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.
He defeated Mugabe in the 2008 elections but could not get the required 50%+1 to take over the presidency. After a violent runoff which he did not campaign for a negotiation Global Political Agreement led to the formation of a government in which Tsvangirai served as Prime Minister with Mugabe as President.
He was 65.