Why sully Morgan's name in death?

HARARE - The death of MDC leader and former prime minister in the inclusive government — Morgan Tsvangirai — who will be interred at Humanikwa Village in Buhera today has united many Zimbabweans across the political divide.

The unity that has been shown since his death last week — after succumbing to cancer of the colon in a South African hospital on Wednesday — has shown people and a nation truly coming together to bid farewell to a man who gave a lot in his struggle for a better and  “new” Zimbabwe.

Many will remember him for giving away his legitimacy to former president Robert Mugabe in September 2008 when he agreed to form an uneasy coalition with the deposed Zanu PF leader despite winning comprehensively in an election whose result was withheld for six weeks.

Sadly, the quarrelling and mudslinging by both Tsvangirai’s family and senior officials in the MDC party, risk sullying the name of this son of the soil who doesn’t deserve this negativity.

While there are no ethics in politics, it is fair to say that politicians must always act in a manner which doesn’t sow seeds of doubts among their followers.

The shameless acts of the past few weeks by politicians in the MDC and the ill-informed decisions by the Tsvangirai family to dabble in party politics are indeed disappointing and regrettable.

Tsvangirai’s family, especially, has inadvertently exposed its lack of support for their son and his widow by acting and participating in unnecessary publicity stunts that have only served to characterise them as a disjointed lot.

There is no need for the family to wash its dirty linen in public. Whatever burning issues are there, the family should find time to deal with them away from the glare of the millions of Zimbabweans who are genuinely condoling with them in this trying period.

Tsvangirai’s wife deserves respect and gratitude for having stuck with the late MDC president when she could have easily walked away long before he was diagnosed with cancer.

The unwelcome labels that have been attached to her are not consistent with the care and support she gave her husband.

No woman would want to go through that kind of experience; whether a mistress or married one.

It is no wonder why a cleric with Methodist in Zimbabwe Church on Sunday cautioned the Tsvangirai family for washing their dirty linen in public.

 

Comments (1)

What is this: "he gave away his legitimacy". ...Its bullshit, halfbaked analysis. Nuff said.

Tino - 20 February 2018

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