Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai Passes On

Opposition leader of the movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during a press conference on February 5 2016 in Harare. Last month the WFP said 14 million people across southern Africa faced going hungry due to the prolonged drought, with the cost of maize -- the regional staple -- in Malawi 73 percent higher than average. "People have no money in their pockets -- a situation exacerbated by food shortages," Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) told a news conference in Harare. / AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nita Karume—
Former Zimbabwe’s main Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai passed on yesterday. This is following a long battle with colon cancer. He died at the age of 65.
According to reports, Tsvangirai had been in and out of the hospital for a while. This is after revealing to the world that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2 years back.

The former labor union leader opposed former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in every election since 2000. He also went on to win a first-round presidential vote in 2008. However, he backed out in the second round with as a result of violence against his supporters.
Morgan Tsvangirai served as prime minister in a coalition government from 2009 to 2013.
Before joining politics the late worked in a nickel mine for over a decade, eventually becoming the Mine Workers Union secretary-general.

Over the years his political opposition to the current administration grew stronger. After failing in an attempt to create a new constitution to un-sit President Robert Mugabe he formed a new political party. The party then went on to form the strongest opposition in the country’s history.
He made attempts to run against him in a valid election but as a result, got arrested three times for treason against the government. On September 15, 2008, President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai signed the Global Political Agreement. As per the agreement Mugabe retained his presidency, with Tsvangirai as prime minister, and Mutambara, as deputy prime minister.

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