MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will temporarily abandon his current Mashonaland Central tour to lead mourners at Saturday’s burial of the late Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva.

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The late Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva.

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Muzuva, who succumbed to colon cancer on Wednesday, is being buried in his home area in Wedza. He was MDC-T councillor for Kambuzuma.

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MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said Friday that the former premier and his entourage would suspend their “meet the people” tour in the Zanu PF stronghold to attend the solemn occasion.

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“The President is going to attend the funeral,” said Gutu, “There is definitely no way he cannot be there for the funeral.

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Tsvangirai is out in Mashonaland Central on a four-day tour featuring “meetings and consultations with party supporters and Zimbabweans”.

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Luke Tamborinyoka, spokesperson for the MDC-T leader, said the meetings are aimed at gauging the views of ordinary Zimbabweans on the country’s dire economic situation.

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“President Tsvangirai will take time to meet party structures and listen to the problems facing the people at a time the nation is convinced the party in government has no capacity to deal with the monumental crisis engulfing the country,” said Tamborinyoka.

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Tsvangirai kicked off his tour with a visit to Muzarabani business centre and was, Friday, set for another meeting at Nzvimbo growth point in Chiweshe.

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He will, Saturday, suspend the Nyava business centre meeting in Bindura South to attend Muzuva’s burial before resuming the tour with a visit to Mt Darwin on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, the Harare city authorities have likewise cancelled all pre-budget public consultations it had lined up for Saturday to accommodate the funeral of the deputy mayor.

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Council spokesperson Michael Chideme confirmed the development. – NewZim

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