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Tsvangirai: Chiwenga pleads with MDC-T ingrates

By Staff Reporter

VICE President Constantino Chiwenga (pictured) has expressed dismay over what he feels were MDC-T supporters’ lack of gratefulness for the government support offered towards their late leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral.

Following Tsvangirai’s death through colon cancer ailment on 14 February, Chiwenga posted a tweet in which he said he was “saddened” by Tsvangirai’s death, adding that “we will sit and see how Zimbabweans can honour that Great son of the soil.”

This was to be followed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s condolence message which came with a government pledge to grant Tsvangirai a state assisted funeral.

However, agitated MDC-T supporters weekend strongly opposed a decision by government to take Tsvangirai’s body to One Commando army barracks where top citizens granted State assisted funerals are often taken to as a routine.

Tsvangirai’s followers accused the current Zanu PF government of having a hand in their leader’s death.

They further chastised the military, under then General Chiwenga, of declaring never to salute the late opposition leader had he won any elections in the country.

The MDC-T supporters were also infuriated by government’s refusal to grant Tsvangirai national hero’s status.

Speaking during Tsvangirai’s funeral wake in Buhera on Tuesday, ex-Deputy President Arthur Mutambara also accused Zanu PF of having a hand in Tsvangirai’s demise. He did not explain his accusations.

But in a tweet on Wednesday, Chiwenga said he and his colleagues did their part and went on to express surprise why their gesture seemed not to be appreciated.

“We went the furthest we cld (sic) on the MT send off. We regret it if anyone thinks it wasn’t gd (sic) enough. Bear with us as we reform our politics,” Chiwenga said.

Since becoming President, Mnangagwa has displayed a side that is a far cry from the cruel man that he has become known of.

He has since been joined by Chiwenga, the once feared military boss credited for dislodging then President Robert Mugabe from the helm of the country.

Gary Murambiwa
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