Gutu — President Tsvangirai on Friday called on Zimbabweans from different political orientations to desist from any form of violence and focus on nation building.
President Tsvangirai said this while addressing hundreds of mourners at the burial of Rosemary Chagonda, 78, the mother of prominent Harare lawyer and advisor to the President, Innocent Chagonda.
The burial took place at Chagonda Farm in Gutu East, Masvingo. President Tsvangirai said political parties must shun violence and focus on building the nation after years of social and economic stagnation. "I am amazed there are people who are still determined to perpetrate violence in the rural areas and let me clearly point out that the days of political animosity are long gone," said President Tsvangirai.
"As such we expect love and unity among all Zimbabweans - that is how we can build our nation. People must confess their wrong deeds, repent and then we can move on as a nation. We know that a lot of nasty incidents happened in the past but there is need for some of you to confess your sins so that we can begin to talk of social and economic development.
"There are people who are planning to fight against their own relatives simply because of political differences and that is very unfortunate. We must focus on rebuilding the nation," said President Tsvangirai.
He added: "There are fears of a drought because of the erratic rains so far received, because normally the rainy season begins in November. We hope and pray that the rains will come very soon." President Tsvangirai described Ambuya Chagonda as a humble personality who left a traceable legacy that must be emulated by all.
"This woman has left a legacy that has been witnessed by all of you. She has done her part and we must strive to emulate this legendary woman. I have also worked with Innocent for a long time and let me say he is an industrious man who works round the clock to assist me in various capacities," said President Tsvangirai.
Addressing the mourners, the MDC Secretary General and Finance Minister, Hon. Tendai Biti said his ministry was determined to bring infrastructural development to less developed parts of the country like Gutu. "I have seen that there are very poor roads here. So it is my commitment to ensure that poor roads are upgraded. In addition I have seen that there is need to electrify less developed rural areas," said Hon. Biti.
Ambuya Chagonda died last Tuesday after succumbing to a heart ailment. Scores of business people, politicians and villagers thronged the Chagonda Farm to pay their last respects to the legendary woman.
President Tsvangirai was accompanied by MDC National Organising Secretary Hon. Nelson Chamisa, Hon. Jameson Timba, the MDC International Relations Secretary, MPs and senior party and government officials.