Tsvangirai Hails Mukoweshuro As A National Hero

Tsvangirai made the remarks Monday at the burial of Mukoweshuro who died in South Africa last week.

In his speech Tsvangirai said he had lost “a trusted friend and colleague; a man with whom I shared moments of both sorrow and laughter”.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we are burying a national hero today. And it is so by no coincidence that today is heroes’ day; that important day when we salute and remember the gallant sons and daughters of this land who fought selflessly for this great country that we all love,” said Tsvangirai.

“Yes, we bury him in the great company of patriots such as Tonderai Ndira; great fighters who lie here and whose only crime was that they demanded freedom and democracy in the country of their birth,” the Premier added.

He said Mukonoweshuro was one of the many people committed to completing the unfinished business of the liberation struggle and he sought to fight for true freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.

Mukonoweshuro made his mark as an academic of repute at the University of Zimbabwe where he spent many years sharpening the minds of future leaders as a lecturer.

Some of his products at the University are now Cabinet ministers in the transitional government.
When he joined politics, Mukonoweshuro was Tsvangirai’s chief advisor and one of the key negotiators in the first ever inter-party negotiations between the MDC and Zanu (PF).

“As my chief advisor, he was no psychopath and he always gave his honest opinion and advice on key issues. Even if you disagreed with him, he was firm on his position and left you with no option but to follow his sound advice,” said Tsvangirai.
In May 2006, Professor Mukonowshuro was a key architect in the development of a roadmap to a free and democratic Zimbabwe.

“In that roadmap, we envisaged peaceful democratic resistance, inter-party dialogue, a transitional authority, a new Constitution and free and fair elections.

“So this inclusive government is a fruition of the ideas of this great man who five years ago predicted this inclusive transitional authority as the only way to bringing a legitimate and credible government in Zimbabwe,” said Tsvangirai.