We are mourning not politicking- Chamisa


Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa, and a high-powered delegation which included one of his deputies Tendai Biti and national organiser Amos Chibaya, today visited former President Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof residence to pay their condolences to the former First Lady Grace Mugabe.

In a message after the visit, Chamisa said: “I’ve been to the Mugabe family residence to pay condolences as a gesture of Ubuntu, rising above political differences and personal animosities. The circumstances right now inform us that this is the time for mourning not political point scoring or politicking.”

Some of Chamisa’s supporters are questioning his perceived sympathy towards Mugabe who died on Friday last week but he has not wavered from his stance.

“We have very many guests and dignitaries coming into our country from around the world to pay their respects and we must welcome them as one family despite our challenges and differences. So we shall not do or say things except all in the spirit of Ubuntu/hunhu hwedu,” Chamisa said.

“As pan africanists, we will do all what is required of us from a position of principle and values, showing leadership & courtesy. All will be revealed in due course. We all have a duty to each other maintaining fidelity to the matters that matter most for all Zimbabweans.

“A nation that drinks from the cup of bitterness and hate runs the risk of getting drunk and drowning under a stupor of revenge, vengefulness and perpetual pain.”

So far 11 heads of State are reported to have confirmed that they will be attending Mugabe’s funeral

The funeral service will be held at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.

It is still not clear where Mugabe will be buried.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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