Chiwenga Speaks On Tsvangirai Death

Chiwenga Speaks On Tsvangirai Death

Mr Tsvangirai passed away in South Africa, where he had spent 18 months undergoing treatment for cancer.

The politician suffering from cancer died in South Africa on Wednesday.

However, later he changed for the opposition and became one of Mugabe's most high-profile opponents.

"I've got my fair share of criticisms and also dealt back rights and lefts and upper cuts".

Mr Mugabe said at the time: "It's not as hostile as before".

"Although we boxed each other, it's not as hostile as before. We can shake hands".

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said Tsvangirai represented courage and determination in the face of oppression, and gave ordinary Zimbabweans faith to believe in the future.

As a young man, he worked in the mines, rising from plant operator to plant supervisor.

He joined ZANU-PF in 1980 after Zimbabwe's independence and rose quickly through the ranks.

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Tsvangirai was the main challenger to Mugabe in 2008 elections, and managed to win 47% of the vote against ZANU-PF's 43% in the first round, sending the vote to a runoff.

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has sent a condolence message to the Tsvangirai family following the death of veteran opposition leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai last night.

At the time, Tsvangirai told NPR he was confident of victory and change in the southern African nation and that he had popular support for an end to cronyism, corruption, repression and economic mismanagement under the country's longtime president.

Tsvangirai, 65, was the MDC candidate in the controversial the 2002 presidential, losing to Mugabe.

A party that tried so hard to unseat former President Robert Mugabe for decades before a military coup ended his rule late a year ago.

In March 2007, police badly beat up Tsvangirai and dozens of opposition activists when they attempted to stage an anti-government rally in a township in Harare.

In 1999, he helped found the MDC and quickly became Zimbabwe's best-known opposition figure.

Still, Tsvangirai ran three times for president and almost succeeded in 2008, amid an economic crisis in which hyperinflation led the government to print a 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note.

Tsvangirai, whose colourful love life had been laid bare in Zimbabwe's tabloids and the courts over the previous two years, dismissed the result as "monumental fraud". The dispute prompted Welshman Ncube to walk out with several MPs to form a new party, MDC-N.