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Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Is Dead



Zimbabwe opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai is dead, aged 65.
Tsvagirai was the most effective opposition leader in Zimbabwe since independence.

His greatest strength was his bravery. He risked his life to stand up to the authoritarian rule of Robert Mugabe and his allies in the security forces. He was twice severely beaten for his pains and three times charged with treason.

Despite this, he continually found himself out-manoeuvred by Robert Mugabe who refused to cede any power.

Tsvangirai was eventually sworn in as prime minister but found it impossible to achieve any meaningful reforms. However he played a part in paving the way for the overthrow of Mugabe in 2017.

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai was born on 10 March 1952 in the Gutu area of Southern Rhodesia, one of nine children of a carpenter.

He left school to become a textile weaver, but then went to work in a mine in Bindura, 50 miles north-east of Harare.

Tsvangirai became involved in union activities and was elected to the executive of the National Mine Workers Union.

When Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 he joined Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and rose to become a senior official.

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