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Remembering Morgan Tsvangirai: Exclusive Pictures

February 16, 2018

When I worked with Morgan Tsvangirai, we travelled a lot around the Zimbabwe and to various parts of the world. I captured some of those moments using my phone camera. I thought I had lost them but I found some of them saved on my old computer. The quality isn't great though some are better than others. Still, they they tell parts of the story of this remarkable man. They have never been published before and where I remember I will caption the photos. 

 

This was the day we travelled to Bindura for a rally and Tsvangirai decided to pass through his friend's home, Mr Mangadze. The other friend, Mr Chipungu (in the middle) joined us and here, Tsvangirai was showing them some pictures on his phone. These are the guys he had worked with many years before when he was a miner. He looked happy and relaxed.

 This was Morgan at a townhall meeting in Mutare. He was a master of the stage. He enjoyed public speaking and commanded the stage exceptionally well. The quality if not very good but I like the way he looms large with Mugabe's image behind him. It's as if he was pointing and laughing at his nemesis. 

 

Making a point: Here, Morgan was having a conversation with Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations

 

This is Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark. This was in 2013, when she was the Prime Minister. She had tremendous respect for Morgan and his tenacious fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. 

This was in Bindura at his friends' home. Here, he was showing them some pictures and the friend's wife was obviously quite fascinated by the pictures.  

 

 

We were in the Zimuto area in Masvingo and this man who announced that he was also a Save and therefore Morgan's clansman was very pleased to meet him. 

With his friend, scrolling down his phone showing him some pictures

 

This was when we visited Jacob Zuma, who was the SADC point-man in the shaky coalition government in Zimbabwe. There were some sticking issues back home and Morgan was updating Zuma. It was ironic that both men exited the stage on the same night on 14 February 2018. That is when Morgan lost his battle with cancer and Zuma lost his presidency. 

Morgan was chatting with Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma at the final of the Africa Cup of Nations which was held in South Africa. This was the day that I learnt of "football diplomacy" - for the political actors and business types, a football match is not just a football match. It is an important occasion for different political actors to meet and have engagements that they would otherwise not have on formal occasions. It can be any social occasion - funeral, wedding, church gathering, dinner party, etc. Here, we had a chance to update a number of stakeholders about the situation in Zimbabwe and what needed to be done. At the time, Dhlamini-Zuma was the AU Chair.  

This was at the World Economic Forum in 2013 in Davos when Morgan met Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and was the Administrator of the UNDP at the time. She had high respect for Morgan Tsvangirai whose courage inspired many peers

This was also at the World Economic Forum in Davos when Morgan bumped into Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former Minister of Finance

 

 

This was also at the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 when Morgan had a chat with Michael Sata, who was the President of Zambia at the time. Sata was quite a character! He described Morgan as the troublesome boy who was causing elders sleepless nights! During that chat he invited Morgan to visit him in Zambia later that year. His aide and I were immediately tasked to make arrangements. Unfortunately, events got hectic as Zimbabwe went for elections and the trip across the Zambezi never happened. 

This was when we visited his friend's home in Bindura. They are the friends' grandchildren.

 

After the good time with his friends, Morgan went to address party supporters at the rally in Bindura. As usual, Morgan was in his element and they were paying attention. Morgan had a loyal following. I saw how much people respected him and placed their hopes in this man. He understood that responsibility too. 

You can see him commanding the stage and his supporters following his every step and word. The bond between Morgan and his supporters cannot be captured in words.

 

This was a special moment for my two boys, Anotida and Tinomuda. They will forever cherish this moment and this photo with an icon. They were very sad to learn that he had passed away. They could not believe that he was such a humble and welcoming man. 

 

 

This was when an old friend from the trade union days victed Zimbabwe and came to see Morgan. These were two old warriors meeting after a long time - a truly proud moment for both of them. 

This was in 2013 when we went to Davos for the World Economic Forum. 

 

Here, Morgan was waiting to start an interview with the BBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2013. It was outside and extremely cold!

A lighter moment with a senior official of the World Economic Forum. Morgan was always invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos when he was Prime Minister

 

He was having a chat with Baroness Amos of the United Kingdom, also at the World Economic Forum

 

Morgan having an amicable chat with Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete in 2013 

 Here, Morgan was talking to Ghana's former leader, President Jerry Rawlings when the met at a Summit in South Korea.

 This was at the Africa Chapter of the World Economic Forum when Morgan had a chat with Professor Mthuli Ncube, one of Zimbabwe's most able economic minds. Morgan was fond of Mthuli had him as a future Governor of the RBZ or at the very least as a key economic adviser in a future government. 

 

 

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