Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in hospital a few minutes ago, a close family member has confirmed to Nehanda Radio. The iconic former trade union leader had been battling cancer of the colon for the past two years and was admitted at a hospital in South Africa.
“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.”
“Go well and rest in power, Morgan Tsvangirai. His steadfast courage and willingness to stand tall against one of the most repressive regimes on the African continent should be applauded. He pushed ‘s pro-democracy struggle further than anyone. He will be missed by many.”
Brian Kagoro, a key figure in the pro-democracy movement that later gave birth to the MDC tweeted: “Morgan ! Morgan ! Morgan ! Your path was unique! You were robbed from us too soon & in such a painful way . Brother , Friend , Comrade-Leader your struggle shall be completed !”
#ThisFlag leader Pastor Evan Mawarire tweeted; “Morgan Tsvangirai, A doyen of democracy and justice in our time. Thank you for making it possible for people like me to find the courage to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, HATICHADA, HATICHATYA. Zimbabwe owes you a great debt. REST IN POWER mukuru hambani kahle.”