MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe was reminded of how unpopular she is with MDC supporters after she was jeered during the burial of Glen View South MP Vimbai Tsvangirai Java on Thursday.
Khupe was jeered when the Master of Ceremony acknowledged her presence, with MDC supporters demanding that she leaves immediately.
In an interview with The Herald on the sidelines of the burial ceremony, Khupe said:
As you can see today is a sad moment for all of us where we have come to mourn the passing on of Honourable Vimbai and also to celebrate her life.
She was our founding president’s daughter and we had lived with her all our lives.
But when people come to mourn, they must mourn. This culture of coming to funerals to hijack and turn them into political rallies must come to an end, and I mean this culture must come to a stop.
It is unacceptable, it is uncultured, it is not Zimbabwean and I have never seen that.
We have opportunities to go out there and do rallies, but to do that here is unacceptable, I have never seen such.
Even the one who has departed, I don’t think she is happy if they can indeed see I don’t think they are happy with what they see here today.
When people come to funerals, they must do exactly what they have gone there for, I hope and trust that these people will learn and change their behaviour especially when we come to funerals, people should also respect the dead.
Khupe left the MDC in 2018 after she was outfoxed by current leader Nelson Chamisa in the race to succeed Morgan Tsvangirai who passed away on 14 February of the same year.