Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe Rev Tedious Amos Munemo has described the late Morgan Tsvangirai as a champion of democracy.
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Reverend Tedious Munemo said “Though we are saddened with his departure, we are here to celebrate his legacy, his legacy lives. Though today the world is celebrating Valentine’s Day to me the day must be called Democracy day as Morgan was an icon for democracy. He was the father of democracy who was fearless and consistent”
Tsvangirai’s achievement was to provide a credible alternative to liberation icon Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai also resuscitated Zimbabwe’s tradition of urban nationalism, and was a successor to Benjamin Burombo and other mid-century Zimbabwean urban leaders. Tsvangirai would in turn be a touchstone for contemporary urban activists Evans Mawarire and others.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s resilience earned him respect from friends and foes alike, with Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga visiting him at home a few weeks before he died. A former nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Tsvangirai, popularly known by his totem of ‘Save’ and also called mudhara [the old man] is indeed a national hero with a credible legacy. He will certainly be remembered as the ‘people’s champion’, and a pioneer in bridging the generational and ideological fissures that have shaped Southern Africa’s politics particularly in Zimbabwe.