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Thousands gather to pay tribute to Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai's body is due to be flown to his rural village in eastern Zimbabwe on Monday afternoon, ahead of his burial on Tuesday.

A picture taken on 2 September 2017 shows late Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd during his last opposition rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - Thousands of people have gathered at a Freedom Square for a memorial service for Morgan Tsvangirai who died of cancer last week.

Tsvangirai's body is due to be flown to his rural village aboard a military aircraft on Monday.

His coffin arrived in a hearse at the square in central Harare around noon.

It was driven past the MDC headquarters on Nelson Mandela Avenue on its way to the grounds.

Thousands of supporters, dressed in the party’s red shirts and berets, have gathered at the square to hear speakers praise the former MDC leader.

All three vice presidents of the MDC are present, amid a tussle over who will now lead the party as the country braces for elections in July.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)