The leader of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa rescued Thokhozani Khupe and Lovemore Madhuku from public embarrassment on Wednesday, calming his supporters who had blocked the two from attending the funeral of Gogo Alice Chamisa.
Khupe and aides were being blocked first by angry MDC Alliance supporters from attending the burial of Gogo Alice Chamisa and they were eventually allowed to join the tense proceedings after Chamisa’s intervention.
Madhuku was forced to prematurely cut his speech as Chamisa’s supporters jeered at him. Chamisa came to the podium urging tolerance. He said:
Madhuku has a legal and political history, he is here with us to mourn Gogo Chamisa, some of us hold no grudges.
Khupe is not a darling of MDC Alliance supporters mainly because she is wrangling with Chamisa in the MDC leadership duel while Madhuku is being crucified for representing and helping Khupe win a court challenge against Chamisa’s legitimacy.
Funerals are one of the events which politicians across the world, including Zimbabwean ones, use to settle political scores.
The late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, used burials at the Heroes Acre to attack his political opponents and the Western community.