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Raila Odinga Mourns Death of A Close Friend

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga is mourning the untimely demise of long time friend and the former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai died on Wednesday aged 65, after 18 months of treatment in neighboring South Africa where he battled colon cancer.

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In a tweet on Thursday, the former Premier said that Mr Tsvangirai remained a source of inspiration to a generation of leaders across the continent for his courage in the face of monumental odds.

Former Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) arrives with Raila Odinga at the MDC’s National Congress in Bulawayo April 29, 2011 (Photo Courtesy)

“His death leaves a gap in a country that still needs strong forces of change to return to the path of democracy. I pray that the party he founded, the MDC, will hold firm and pursue the ideals he lived for. My family, our party the Orange Democratic Movement and the National Super Alliance join Mr. Tsvangirai’s family, the MDC and the people of Zimbabwe in mourning his death,” read Odinga’s tweet.

At the peak of his career, Morgan served as Prime Minister to Robert Mugabe’s presidency, in a 2009-2013 unity government formed after a disputed and violent election which saw scores of his supporters killed.

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His presence helped stabilize an economy in freefall but Mugabe revoked his pledges to overhaul the former British colony’s security forces and Mr Tsvangirai was pulled back into his familiar role as opposition leader.


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