In a rare case of solidarity, President Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolence to his arch rival opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance who lost his mother in Gutu on Monday after she collapsed in her garden.
Announcing the death on Twitter Chamisa said: “She toiled to educate me just like all mothers do for families. She taught me industry, respect, discipline, integrity and hard-work. A hardworking, multi-talented woman. A prayer warrior and pillar in the faith. Collapsed in her garden and went to be with the Lord. Rest in power Mai Nerison!”
Mnangagwa immediately used the same platform to comfort his 42 year-old rival along with MDC-T leader Thokhozani Khupe, who is embroiled in a bitter fight with Chamisa over the opposition party leadership.
“I was sad to hear of the passing of Ambuya Chamisa, the mother of Nelson Chamisa. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chamisa and the Chamisa family at this difficult time,” said Mnangagwa.
Khupe also sent a message of condolences for Chamisa’s mother who largely remained in the background despite being the mother of Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader.
She spent most of her time in Chiwara village in Gutu.