Harare, January 21,2014 – MDC –T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has postponed his alternative state of the nation addresses scheduled for Tuesday to show respect for President Robert Mugabe who lost his sister, an aide has said.
Mugabe’s sister Bridget who was buried in Zvimba today died on Sunday after three years in a comma. Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said t the time the address was arranged, there had not been bereavement in Mugabe’s family.
“Tsvangirai, who has already sent his condolences to the Mugabe family, believes that under the circumstances, it would be inappropriate to proceed with the event,” he said.
“The state of the nation address is meant to unpack the problems facing the country and proffer solutions on the way forward in light of the magnitude of the economic problems facing the people of Zimbabwe.
“The state of the nation address will be a public forum comprising members of the press, diplomats, civic society, industry representatives, students and the labour movement.”
Bridget was Mugabe’s last surviving sibling.