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Morgan Tsvangirai laid to rest amid succession drama

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There was drama at the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral this afternoon as some senior party members were chased away by youths who are seemingly sympathetic to the acting party president, Nelson Chamisa.

Vice president Thokozani Khupe and Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora, left the Tsvangirai home under police escort as the youths declared that they were not welcome at the funeral.

Chamisa took control of the party soon after Tsvangirai’s death last Wednesday while Khupe, Mwonzora and the other vice president, Elias Mudzuri have maintained that a new leader will be elected at the party’s special congress to be held in April.

Khupe is the only vice president who was elected at congress while Chamisa and Mudzuri were handpicked by Tsvangirai.

The succession battle has also sucked in the Tsvangirai family. Yesterday (Monday), Tsvangirai’s mother caused drama at the memorial service when she declared that she will commit suicide if Chamisa and Tsvangirai’s widow, Elizabeth Macheka attend the burial.

The late veteran politician’s children also waded into the fight with some throwing their weight behind Chamisa while others are sympathetic to the other camp.

Meanwhile, scores of people from all walks of life attended the burial to pay their last respects to the veteran opposition leader.

Mourners included representatives of the ruling Zanu PF, foreign dignitaries, members of diplomatic corps, churches and the civil society.

Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, also attended the funeral and spoke highly of his long-time ally, describing Tsvangirai as a torch bearer.