President Emmerson Mnangagwa will not attend the late MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai’s memorial service to held in Buhera on Saturday (today).
This was revealed by the Tsvangirai family spokesperson, Manase Tsvangirai in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com on Friday. Said Manase:
President Mnangagwa has a busy schedule and will not attend but he has promised to send a representative.
Manase also revealed that the guest of honour would be an unnamed Zambian opposition leader. He added:
We invited all people, from the government to political parties, civil society, diplomats and friends.
Some have confirmed, while some have not. Maybe they will just come. We have invited his friends and someone from Zambia will be guest of honour.
Manase hailed his brother, Morgan as a unifier and forgiving person, unlike former President Robert Mugabe who held tightly to petty grudges. Said Manase:
I don’t know if we will ever get a man like Morgan. He was a unifier who was quick to forgive. Unlike Mugabe who kept grudges and seemed to hate a person including their shadow.
You all know Morgan won elections in 2008 but they denied him victory. Even Mugabe admitted that Morgan won.
However, he (Tsvangirai) argued that he could not continue to create problems for the country by claiming victory so he agreed to a Government of National Unity for the sake of all of us.
That should give you an idea of the kind of man we lost. I am certain every Zimbabwean, somehow finds inspiration in Morgan across the political divide.
On banning party regalia at the memorial, Manase insisted that he was misunderstood. He contended that the family’s intention was to prevent MDC nominees from using the occasion to campaign ahead of this month’s Congress.