He was speaking at a church funeral service of the late Bulawayo Senator Ennah Chitsa who was one of Tsvangirai’s advisors. Almost in tears, Tsvangirai said her death comes after the death of Senator Gladys Gombami- Dube two months ago.
“I am really pained by these deaths…These deaths are affecting me personally because people who backed me since the formation of MDC up to date are going, ”Tsvangirai told over 600 mourners at Assemblies of God church at Luveve High density suburb here.
Chitsa (65) the Senator for Masotsha Ndlovu Constituency in Bulawayo and MDC Women Assembly national deputy chair passed away on Friday at Mater Dei Hospital due to a heart failure.
Among the Senators and MPs the MDC-T has lost since 2008 up to now include Cornelius Raphael Dube MP (Emakhandeni Entumbane), John Nyamande MP (Makoni Central) and Shepherd Madamombe MP (Tafara-Mabvuku), Patrick Kombayi Senator(Gweru-Chirumhanzu), Jabulani Ndlovu Senator (Hwange) and Gladys Gombami Dube, Senator (Mabutweni).
“I knew Chitsa since the time when I was in ZCTU. She was one of our elders and my advisors in the union when I was still young and aggressive. I am really saddened with the death of such a gallant daughter of Zimbabwe,” Tsvangirai added.
Deputy Prime Minister and MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe who was also present at the funeral said “Chitsa one of the strongest women in the MDC and ZCTU and her life should be celebrated”.
Chitsa was buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo. She was also elected as MDC women assembly deputy chairperson in April last year.
Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo also attended the funeral and urged unity in the MDC-T saying Chitsa was a unifier who did want see divisions in the MDC and the party will replace her constituency with a woman”.
All members of the MDC-T National Executive and Ministers like Tendai Biti, Elton Mangoma,Lucia Matibenga Henry Madzorera , Gorden Moyo among others attended Chitsa burial.