The MDC says it will not respect the wishes of the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s family, that there should be no party regalia at the memorial service set for May 4.
Speaking to the media in Harare on Tuesday, party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said that MDC supporters are also a part of the Tsvangirai family and should wear whatever they want. Said Mafume:
Soon after May Day, we are going to have a memorial of our icon Morgan Tsvangirai, we are going to attend that in full force.
We are going to be wearing whatever we want to wear, whether it is party regalia or it is not party regalia, as you remember Morgan Tsvangirai is the founder of the MDC, he is red inside his blood, inside his grave and he is red in heaven where he is.
We are the family of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, his family is the MDC, they were beaten with him, they died with him, they lived with him.
Some of us are carrying his scars of being part of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai’s family.
The family has no demarcation, the whole of Zimbabwe, the MDC and everyone who died in his name, wearing his T-shirt. Everyone who was tortured wearing the MDC T-shirt is Morgan Richard Tsvangirai’s family.
Tsvangirai passed away on February 14 last year after a long battle with cancer. His memorial service will be held at his village of origin, Humanikwa in Buhera where his remains are interred.