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Tsvangirai mourned in Harare

Harare, Monday

Zimbabwe’s president Emerson Mnangagwa has called on all citizens to unite in mourning opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week.

A memorial service for Tsvangirai was held in a packed church in the capital Harare, while outside hundreds of supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gathered. Tsvangirai died in hospital in South Africa on February 15 at the age of 65.

He will be buried in his home village of Buhera tomorrow. Mnangagwa visited Tsvangirai’s family to offer condolences ahead of the service. “Let us all be brothers and sisters, and come together and mourn our former prime minister,” he said after his visit.

The new president, who took over following the military ousting of Robert Mugabe in November, called for “fair, free and credible” elections, which are due to take place this year. Tsvangirai, the fiercest opponent of Zanu-PF rule, had led the opposition MDC since 1999. — BBC

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