The rowdy Zanu (PF) supporters who attended Mujuru’s burial heckled Tsvangirai when he arrived at the National Heroes Acre and on his way to the podium.
As if it was not enough, the Zanu (PF) youths who were clad in party regalia continued with their jeering and denigration of the Premier anytime his name was mentioned by the master of ceremonies Home Affairs Minister Mohadi when he was acknowledging senior government officials.
“I would like us all to please observe discipline. I think my message has been communicated well,” Mohadi said.
When Mugabe took to the podium to deliver his keynote address the 87 year old leader again reprimanded his supporters to stop them from jeering Tsvangirai.
He said; “We are here to pay our last respects and bury our national hero. We didn’t come here to make noise; we are united people when we come here. We don’t want us to embarrass each other we are here to pay respects to our dear comrade Solomon Mujuru.”
However, the jeering only stopped for a while but when Mugabe made veiled attacks on Tsvangirai and his MDC party the jeering grew louder.
This is not the first time that Zanu (PF) supporters have used national events to chant songs and slogans meant to demean and denigrate Tsvangirai and his senior aides. At the official opening of parliament Zanu (PF) supporters always use the occasions to verbally denigrate Tsvangirai.
The MDC in the past has shunned the burial of heroes citing that the party is sidelined to also have an input on who should be declared a national hero and it has also argued that Zanu (PF) has always used the national events to attack their leaders and their party.