Tsvangirai’s mother threatens suicide if Chamisa attends funeral
Morgan Tsvangirai's body has arrived in Zimbabwe, but disputes over who will now lead the party are growing.
JOHANNESBURG – As tributes continue to pour in for late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai party divisions are already beginning to unravel.
Tsvangirai's body has arrived in Zimbabwe, but disputes over who will now lead the party are growing.
His mother has allegedly threatened to commit suicide if the lawyer, who says he's taking over the party, attends his funeral on Tuesday.
Tsvangirai died on Wednesday at a Johannesburg hospital after losing a long battle with colon cancer.
The politician’s mother made the comment on state TV at the military barracks where Tsvangirai’s body had been kept overnight.
She threatened to commit suicide if Nelson Chamisa, the man who says he is now acting president, addressed the crowds.
Mrs Tsvangirai is believed to want another of the vice presidents to succeed her son. Though it’s far from certain if anyone in the late leader’s immediate family feels the same.
These are times of family and party squabbles at a time of widespread grief across Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the family to offer his condolences on Sunday morning.