Nelson Chamisa Accused of Stealing Morgan Tsvangirai Funeral Donations

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The family of late Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai leader Morgan Tsvangirai has denied ever making appeals for donations to cover funeral costs, saying the state was taking care of everything, ACCORDING to Now Daily publication.
This comes amid calls by a faction of the party led by renegade vice president Nelson Chamisa for people to donate money into Ecocash accounts purportedly belonging to Tsvangirai’s daughter Vimbai Tsvangirai and one Samuel Tsvangirai.
“As a family we have never appealed for donations. The government is taking care of everything,” said one of Tsvangirai’s close relatives, asking not to be named. “Even if we needed the money, Vimbai would not be the one collecting it as they are claiming. It’s taboo. We have elders. Vimbai is mourning her father like everyone else and it is shameful that Chamisa is abusing her name like this.”
Chamisa’s rebel group, which controls the party’s social media accounts and has violently taken over the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare, posted on Facebook and Twitter making the dubious appeal.
The posts read: “Call for donations towards the funeral of MDC-T President Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Ecocash: 0772577481 Vimbai Tsvangirai; 0772950562 Samuel Tsvangirai :… (link:”
Hundreds of MDC-T supporters reacted angrily to the request on Facebook.
“Why are we Zimbabweans so quick to declare destitution? Donations for what? Why do you want to portray the late Tsvangirai as a pauper?” said Fungai Mungate.
Anthony Haramakwere said: “You shouldn’t ask people for donations. Its a state-assisted funeral, so this request is disgusting and unacceptable.”
“If you start stealing before you’re in power, what’re you going to do when you get into government?” said Bee Jnr Muzori.
Chamisa on Monday addressed thousands of people who gathered at the so-called Freedom Square in Harare, claiming to be the acting party president in defiance of an order by the party’s real acting president Thokozani Khupe for him to stop masquerading as one. Chamisa also went to the airport to receive Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who endorsed him as ‘acting president’, infuriating senior MDC-T officials.
“Arrival in Harare with Kisumu Governor @AnyangNyongo and my sister Beryl Achieng. We have been welcomed by acting MDC President @nelsonchamisa,” Odinga said on Twitter.
Chamisa, accused by fellow vice president Elias Mudzuri of being a military intelligence operative out to wreck the party from within, was chased away from the funeral by Tsvangirai’s mother Lydia on Saturday but later defiantly returned in the company of known party thugs.
The Khupe group is accused of failing to rein in Chamisa or appeal to Facebook and Twitter to shut down accounts which he now illegally controls through Tsvangirai’s former spokesman and alleged state operative Luke Tamborinyoka.
Tsvangirai’s body was flown to his Buhera burial place in a military helicopter late on Monday for burial on Tuesday. – ©2018 Now Daily. All Rights Reserved.