Apologize To MDC, Tsvangirai, Zanu PF Told
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) President, Peter Mutasa has called on the ruling party, Zanu PF to apologize to the MDC-T party and the Tsvangirai family for the pain inflicted on the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mutasa was addressing mourners who gathered at the Tsvangirai homestead in Buhera where he said President Emmerson Mnangagwa, former President Robert Mugabe and the whole Zanu PF leadership owe the Tsvangirai family an apology for all the sufferings he went through.
“ZanuPF should come and apologize to this family and Morgan for all the wrong doings they did. They brutalized this man, they wanted him dead but he fought hard. He was a courageous man who defied all the odds,” said Mutasa.
During his political years, Tsvangirai was known as a fierce former President Robert Mugabe opponent. He faced several beatings and detention at the hands of the Mugabe regime.
Before the bloody 2008 Presidential election runoff, Tsvangirai escaped into neighboring Botswana after threats were made on his life.
He later returned to form a Government of National Unity with his rival, Mugabe assuming the Prime Minister’s position.
Meanwhile, addressing the same gathering in Buhera, former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara warned MDC-T members to be wary of Zanu PF which he accused of being violent.
“We cannot allow the assistance given by the government to Morgan Tsvangirai to fool us into enabling Zanu PF to achieve any moral equivalence,
“Zanu PF’s criminal culpability in the violation of our people and brutalization of Morgan Tsvangirai for 30 years must be acknowledged. We must say never again.”
He saluted Tsvangirai, describing him as a “great Zimbabwean, a great African, a national hero, the people’s president”.
Tsvangirai died on 14 February after succumbing to colon cancer while in a South African hospital. He was laid to rest at his rural home in Humanikwa village, Buhera.