Mugabe 'finally' sends condolence message to Tsvangirai's family – report

2018-02-21 17:54
Robert Mugabe. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Robert Mugabe. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare – Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe has reportedly "finally broken his silence" and sent a last minute condolence message to his late rival, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's family.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the message from Mugabe was confirmed by the Movement for Democratic Change's acting president Nelson Chamisa just before the coffin of Tsvagirai was lowered into his final resting place in rural Buhera, 220km south of Harare, on Tuesday.

Chamisa said the message was private and could not be read in public.

"It would be improper for me to do that. We are Tsvangirai's political family, but this is a private message to his real family. Unless they want it read out but that would their choice," Chamisa was quoted as saying.

According to NewsDay, the message was from both Mugabe and his wife Grace. 

As Chamisa announced the receipt of the letter the mourners responded with "rapturous applause", the report said. 

Tsvangirai, the country's fiercest opponent of Mugabe's tyrannical 37-year rule, died on Wednesday aged 65 at a hospital in South Africa where he had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

His body was flown to the burial ceremony aboard a military helicopter, accompanied by his mother Mbuya Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai’s dreams of unseating Mugabe through the ballot box were dashed at several elections. But he lived to see Mugabe resign in November, amid moves by his own party to impeach him

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news from around the continent by subscribing to our FREE newsletter, Hello Africa.

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook. 

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan ­tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.