Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was patriotic and had a lifelong commitment to democracy.
Writing on his twitter account on the anniversary of Tsvangirai’s death, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans need to work together in order to build the country.
“One year after Morgan Tsvangirai left us, we remember his patriotism as well as his lifelong commitment to Zimbabwean unity and democracy. Now, more than ever, we need to work together as we build our new Zimbabwe,” he said.
The late former trade unionist died on February 14 2018 after a 2 year long battle with colon cancer.
Tsvangirai served as Prime Minister in a coalition government between 2009 and 2013.
He mobilised workers, churches, business, women’s and students’ organisations and other interest groups and formed the MDC in 1999, the party which later became the largest opposition party in the country.
Tsvangirai came close to winning majority in parliamentary elections in 2000 and in a presidential vote in 2002.
In 2008, he won the first round of the presidential race, but fell short of gaining the majority vote to be declared winner.