Biography Of Morgan Tsvangirai,Origin,Education,Struggles,Net worth,Death

October 20, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


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Morgan Richard Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician and Prime Minister from 2009 to
2013. He was born on the 10th of March 1952 and
died on the 14th of February 2018. Tsvangirai was an opposition leader and trade
union activist especially against the policies of President Robert Mugabe. He was born in the Buhera area, Southern Rhodesia
to Dzingirai-Chibwe Tsvangirai and Lydia Tsvangirai (nee Zvaipa). Tsvangirai happened to be the first of nine
children of his Karanga-Shona’s parents. His father, Dzingirai-Chibwe, was a communal
farmer, mine worker, carpenter, and bricklayer. Tsvangirai attended St. Marks Goneso Primary
School Hwedza and was later transferred to Chikara Primary School Gatu, then to Silveira. He also attended Gokomere High School for
his Secondary education and graduated with 8 Ordinary levels in April 1972. His first job was as a trainee Weaver for
Elastics Tapes textile factory in Mutare. Tsvangirai went on to work at Bindura Nickel
mine in Mashonaland Central. He spent 10 years at the mine and was made
the plant supervisor after starting at the mine as a plant operator. He joined the Zimbabwe African National Union-Political
Front (ZANU-PF) party, the party that won the first election upon Zimbabwean Independence
in 1980. Tsvangirai started his activism as the branch
Chairman of the Association of Mine Workers’ Union where he was able to play a major role
in the Zimbabwean trade union. As the Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Congress
of Trade Union (ZCTU), he led the Union away from the ruling ZANU-PF which gave more power
to him as the movement grew, making the relationship between the union and government to decline. Tsvangirai also served as chairman of the
National Constitutional Assembly, which was established in 1997. He began his political career fully after
leaving his position as the chairman of the National Constitutional Assembly in 1999. Along with a member of the task force of the
National Constitutional Assembly Welshman Ncube as well as Gibson Sibanda, Fletcher
Dwlini Ncube, and Isaac Metongo, Tsvangirai founded and organized the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC). It was founded to oppose President Robert
Mugabe and the ruling party; ZANU-PF . Tsvangirai played a major role in defeating
the government’s constitutional reform bill in February of the year 2000. The bill which included clauses to extend
President Mugabe’s rule, as well as other issues, were successfully campaigned against
by him. The MDC had support from the ZCTU which was
formerly under the ZANU-PF. MDC had a step in the right direction in the
June 2000 parliamentary elections as they won almost the same seats as the ruling ZANU-PF. Tsvangirai has been arrested severally for
his political activism. In 2002, before the presidential election
in which he was a candidate, he was charged with treason for allegedly plotting to assassinate
Robert Mugabe. The case was in court for a long period until
he was acquitted. He was charged with treason again in 2003
after calling for mass protests to overthrow the long serving Mugabe but was acquitted
once again. The MDC, however, had a major setback in 2005. The party had different opinions regarding
it’s participation in the national Senate elections. This led to a split in the party. Tsvangirai led one faction while Arthur Mutambara
was the leader of the other faction. Tsvangirai tried to mend the broken fences
after he was released by the Zimbabwean police. He and other party members were brutally attacked
and imprisoned. After his release from the prison, Tsvangirai
tried all he could to settle scores with his party and the general public. He defended himself against state-controlled
media propaganda and other issues as he prepared for the 2008 elections as MDC presidential
candidate for the second time. He ran for the March 29, 2008 presidential
election along with Mugabe and Simba Makoni. When the results of the first round was collated,
the results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission showed 47.9% votes in favour of
Tsvangirai and 43.2% in favour of Mugabe. A run-off was declared because none of the
candidates had the necessary 50% and above vote to be declared the winner. The MDC, however, claimed they won an outright
victory in the first round with 50.3% of the votes. Tsvangirai who was away in South Africa during
the election declared to have a run-off with Mugabe. However, the election was delayed against
his wish. He couldn’t return home as the election
approached, a move that the MDC said was as a result of an attempt on his life by the
ruling party. He eventually returned and tried to pull
out of the presidential race due to a reported manipulation by the ruling party. Nevertheless, the election was held and Mugabe
was declared the winner. The 2008 election was closely watched by independent
observers and the world. It was said to be neither free nor fair. The fact that the election was even held,
as well as the outcome, were condemned by most of the governments of the African countries. The countries which had previously supported
Mugabe were also against it. That led to the suggestion for the sharing
of power between Tsvangirai’s MDC and Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Tsvangirai and Mugabe finally met after a
decade on July 22nd, 2008 in Harare. Negotiations for this cause was made by the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and led by the then South African President
Thabo Mbeki. At the end of the negotiations, Thabo Mbeki
announced in Harare that Robert Mugabe, Arthur Mutambara, and Tsvangirai signed the power-sharing
agreement. Mugabe continued as president even though
he surrendered day-to-day control of the government. Tsvangirai became the Prime Minister while
Mutambara became the deputy Prime Minister. Tsvangirai was in that post from the 15th
of February 2009 to 11th of September 2013. Morgan Tsvangirai  was a recipient of many
awards, among which are; Honorary degree of Doctor of Law by Pai Chai University. He was the 13th recipient of the honorary
degree from the institution. He married his first wife, Susan in 1978. The union was blessed with six children during
their 31-year marriage, which was ended with Susan’s death in an auto crash in 2009. Tsvangirai, however, re-married Elizabeth
Macheka in September 2012. The famous Zimbabwean politician’s estimated
net worth is estimated to be between $500,000-$1million. In June 2016, Tsvangirai announced that he
had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment, that was unlike many African leaders. He eventually died on the 14th of February
2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. What’s your take on Tsvangirai as an African
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