The late leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, must be turning in his grave at the shocking revelation that his widow, Elizabeth Macheka, is hosting members of the ruling ZANU PF party in the magnificent Highlands mansion she inherited from him.
This unexpected news came to light during the visit of Nigerian cleric Chris Okafor, who arrived in Zimbabwe for an event sponsored by the Economic Empowerment Group (EEG), an organization aligned with ZANU PF.
According to the Zimbabwean publication 263Chat, Okafor’s arrival at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport last Thursday was greeted warmly by Mike Chimombe, the President of the EEG, accompanied by a group of ruling party supporters.
Without wasting any time, Okafor was promptly escorted to Tsvangirai’s extravagant residence, a luxurious abode that was acquired for him by the government during the 2009-2013 Government of National Unity (GNU).
The extent of Macheka’s embrace of the ruling party was evident as Okafor and EEG members found themselves caught up in the atmosphere, enthusiastically chanting ZANU PF slogans—a stark departure from the principles cherished by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
For nearly two decades, Tsvangirai courageously fought against the ruling ZANU PF, standing steadfast in his opposition before ultimately succumbing to colon cancer in February 2018.
These recent revelations undoubtedly stir deep anguish, as Tsvangirai’s unwavering dedication to his cause is compromised within the very walls of the cherished mansion he once called home.
When questioned about their choice of the late Tsvangirai’s house, Zodwa Mkandla, Macheka’s confidante who was coordinating Okafor’s visit to Zimbabwe, told 263Chat that the mansion, worth US$1.5 million, had been transformed into a lodge.
Meanwhile, Vincent, Tsvangirai’s son and a legislator in Glen View South, expressed shock upon hearing the news that his late father’s mansion was now operating as a lodge.
“That’s news to me. I had no idea it had become a lodge. It’s been two years since I was there,” he said.
When Tsvangirai married Macheka in 2012 following the tragic death of his first wife Susan in a 2009 accident, concerns arose within opposition circles about her connections to ZANU PF, given that her father Joseph Macheka was a former member of the ruling party’s Central Committee