Updated: Douglas Mwonzora, Thokozani Khupe Chased Away From Tsvangirai’s Funeral, Leave Under Police Escort

Senior MDC-T officials have reportedly been chased away from the funeral of the late founding leader of the party Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera. Party vice-president Thokozani Khupe and secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora are said to have left the funeral under police escort after angry supporters chased them away. The supporters have been alleged, though not proven to be backing Acting President of the Nelson Chamisa.

Tsvangirai who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to colon cancer, in South Africa is supposed to be buried today. His passing has resulted in chaos both in his family and in the opposition party. His widow, Elizabeth has been badly treated by his relatives who are reported to have disowned her and want to take his estate.

In the party, Chamisa claims he was appointed by Tsvangirai and this has resulted in a fallout with other senior leaders who are saying that the party’s Constitution should be respected.

Update: Thokozani Khupe was walking towards the stage when a group of MDC-T youths started abusing her and roughed her up. They allegedly tried to hustle her towards a car but she escaped and hid in a hut with Mwonzora. Youths carrying bricks and other assorted makeshift weapons were baying for the blood of the two, necessitating the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to escort the pair of the premises.  They later returned, although Khupe had to be protected by a human shield of police officers.

Jessie Majome, the MP for Harare West later tweeted:

I didn’t witness it myself but I understand @DrThoko_Khupe was attacked. I then saw Hon @nelsonchamisa leaving stage & returning. I later saw her being escorted to the podium by a human shield upon which I saw @DMwonzora climbing onto the stage. I didn’t see @EngMudzuri. Sad

MDC-T Member of Parliament Lwazi Sibanda was hit with a bottle as she was walking alongside   Khupe.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details come in.


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7 comments on “Updated: Douglas Mwonzora, Thokozani Khupe Chased Away From Tsvangirai’s Funeral, Leave Under Police Escort

  1. How stupid and silly of these cowards! MDC has always won elections in Bulawayo because of the dedication of that region’s masses. Thokozani has always stoodfast for the MDC-T and today because of these minor differences, she is being protected by ZRP from MDCT supporters. How sad. So sad.

    All this comes at a time when MDC must be united . Not only MDC T but the MDC Alliance. How stupid and silly.

    When apatheid was crumling, Nelson Mandela united a bunch of factions. Not only the ANC partners but even those who have been misguided by the region. Now here in MDC when we need each other most, here thugs are allowed to do as they wish to act in a babaric way. How sad

  2. This is very sad and unfortunate. Easy landslide victory for ZanuPF, with this hooliganism in the Kudza. Who can entrust them with governing the country. They are no different from ZanuPF under Mugabe. Shame on them.

  3. IT is unfortunate that it happened in front of all delegates.This people are violent.Why is Chamisa not stopping this nonsense?Let’s Odinga didn’t advice him to use machetes and pangas against his opponents

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