Zimbabwe’s ‘true son’ and foremost opposition leader, Tsvangirai, dies at 65

Zimbabwe’s foremost opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday, at age 65, after battling with cancer.

Morgan Tsvangirai was the founder of the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, party and was the leading opposition to former President Robert Mugabe until his power topple last November.

“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.




Morgan Tsvangirai died in a South African hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Tsvangirai was subjected to detention as he played the role of an opposition during the Mugabe tenure as President of the country.

In 1989, he warned about the unhealthy political climate in Zimbabwe and at about 10-years later he founded the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s use of power.

Tsvangirai alongside other supporters was beaten-up during a rally in Harare in March 2007.

To years ago Tsvangirai announced he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

With the passing on of Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, ZANU-PF, candidate President Emerson Mnangagwa has enough leverage to easily return to power in the coming election likely to be held in July.

“He was one of the bravest political leaders of his time and will be sadly missed”.


I am so sorry Tendai. Both of us disagreed with Save at times but that never dimmed our friendship with him.


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