Tsvangirai's widow fails to accompany body to Buhera Pallbearers carry the casket bearing the body of former Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai at Makanda Primary School, Humanikwa Village, in Buhera yesterday. - Picture by Tawanda Mudimu
Mr Tsvangirai's body arrived at Makanda Primary School around 15:50 hours.
It was accompanied by his mother Mbuya Lydia Chibwe Tsvangirai, his brother Collin and son Edwin, among other close relatives aboard two helicopters.
MDC-T co-vice presidents Messrs Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri, who are embroiled in a tussle to lead the party, were not in the two helicopters provided by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces that brought Mr Tsvangirai's body.
Instead, MDC-T deputy national chairperson Mr Morgan Komichi and another standing committee member Ms Paurina Mpariwa were aboard a second aircraft while Mbuya Tsvangirai travelled with the helicopter carrying the deceased.
Mbuya Tsvangirai had vowed that she would commit suicide if Ms Macheka and Mr Chamisa attended the funeral.
Sources said Ms Macheka was supposed to use a second helicopter separate from that which had Mbuya Tsvangirai to avoid confrontations.
"But from how events unfold, the widow appears to have bowed to pressure because that helicopter had Edwin and his wife. So she chose to stay away," said the source.
Collin declined to comment when The Herald sought his views.
In an interview at the funeral, Mr Komichi said Ms Macheka made a personal decision not to accompany Mr Tsvangirai's body.
Efforts to get a comment from Ms Macheka were fruitless yesterday.
Mr Komichi could not be drawn into commenting on the nature of the differences between Mbuya Tsvangirai on one hand, and Ms Macheka and Mr Chamisa.
He said discussions had been held to narrow the differences.
"Differences arise and we talk over them and try to resolve. We also need to respect her views. Remember she is mourning. She lost a son. We need not to lose sight of that," said Mr Komichi.
Commenting on the differences within the MDC-T over Mr Tsvangirai's successor, Mr Komichi said he had approached party elders and some clergymen to try to resolve the fights.
"We have invited elders to resolve them. I have also engaged Bishops, like Bishop (Sebastine) Bakare and many others to really come forward," he said.
He said the party leadership including the vice presidents were expected to travel to Buhera today for burial.
Other notable people who were aboard the helicopters were ZDF national chaplain Colonel Joseph Nyakudya.
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