Morgan Tsvangirai changed the face of Zimbabwean politics

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) joins the Tsvangirai family, the pro-democracy movement and the peoples of Zimbabwe within and outside the country in mourning the death of Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Party leader and former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe who passed on yesterday. Tsvangirai’s career began in civil society, as a trade unionist, whose leadership pioneered the formation and expansion of numerous civic society organisations that include the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, Shandira Zimbabwe and the then National Constitutional Assembly.

Dr Tsvangirai stands out as a pioneering figure of the Human Rights Order becoming a distinguished and an ardent figure in democratic struggles against post-colonial repression in Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai inspired generations (the old and the young) to demand accountable governance, the return of the rule of law and constitutional reform and constitutionalism appealing to the conscience of millions in Zimbabwe.

As Zimbabwe heads towards the 2018 elections, we are saddened by the death of Morgan Tsvangirai who consistently called for credible, free and fair elections. The dictum of electoral reforms and Constitutional reform are some of his notable contributions to shaping the modern democratic order in Zimbabwe.

Through his leadership, he inspired generations to make a stand and actively participate in demanding an accountable and transparent democratic establishment in the country. It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to this larger than life character, who through his tenacity and brevity, changed the face of our politics.

NB: The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has opened a book of Condolences for civil society for late former Prime Minister and can be signed at 90 Alverstone Court, 4th and Baines Avenue, Harare.

Source: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

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