RIP Morgan Tsvangirai, the ex-Prime Minister who started change in Zimbabwe

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition group, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and a former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has died, reportsBBC Africa.

The MDC-T leadership of Ms Thokozani Khupe, Mr Elias Mudzuri and Advocate Nelson Chamisa, among several others, was at the residence and is said to have held a meeting with members of the Tsvangirai family.

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Their visit was a symbolic gesture, as the governing Zanu-PF party and the military had vilified Tsvangirai for decades, calling him "a puppet of the West".

I've gotten up to the news that our dear President Morgan Tsvangirai has passed away.

After revealing that he had colon in 2016, Tsavingirai had been in and out of hospital in neighbouring South Africa.

Tsvangirai's career was marked by a long political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe and had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Nasa principal added that Tsvangirai remained a source of inspiration to a generation of leaders across the continent for his courage in the face of monumental odds.

Tsvangirai, who was the president of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, was pronounced dead on the evening of Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Tsvangirai was born March 10, 1952, in the Gutu area of Southern Rhodesia and joined Mugabe's Zanu-PF Party when Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, after serving as an executive of the National Mine Workers Union. The violence compelled Tsvangirai to pull out of the election, leaving Mugabe in a one-man race whose outcome was nonetheless widely disputed.

A party that tried so hard to unseat former President Robert Mugabe for decades before a military coup ended his rule late previous year.

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