|Exiles gather in South Africa to bid farewell to Susan Tsvangirai|
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Johannesburg-A group of gathered at the offices of the Southern African Women for Immigration Affairs (SAWIMA),in Braamfontein, central Johannesburg Wednesday , to pay their last respects to the wife of Zimbabwean Prime Minister –Morgan Tsvangirai- Susan, who died in a road accident on March 6 .
One of the church leaders at the gathering, Reverand Hove of the Assemblies of God Church called for the masses to celebrate Susan's life, describing her as a mother to the whole nation, including to Tsvangirai himself.
"She stood by Tsvangirai through years of political struggle against ZANU PF and never wavered in her support," said Reverend Hove.
Solomon Chikowero, chairman of the Movement for Democratic change Veteran Activists Association (MDC VAA), an association set up to assist political exiles in the diaspora, emphasized the need to mobilize and unite to attain the dream of a democratic Zimbabwe.
The gathering was attended by tens of political and economic exiles, refugees and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party members.
Reverend Taurai Kondo of the Roman Catholic Church said that in Mrs Tsvangirai, the nation had lost a hero but called on the activists not to waver in their struggle for a democratic Zimbabwe.
"Fellow Zimbabweans, let us stand together and move forward as that is what Susan would have wanted, she always emphasized on peace, persistence and tolerance," he said.