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Opposition leader of the movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during a press conference on February 5 2016 in Harare. Last month the WFP said 14 million people across southern Africa faced going hungry due to the prolonged drought, with the cost of maize -- the regional staple -- in Malawi 73 percent higher than average. "People have no money in their pockets -- a situation exacerbated by food shortages," Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) told a news conference in Harare. / AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe MDC leader Tsvangirai dies

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Zimbabwe MDC leader Tsvangirai dies 

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa.

A senior official in his MDC party told the local press in Zimbabwe in the evening hours of 14 February 2018.

Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

Reuters quoted MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri as saying “He died this evening. The family communicated this to me,”

Tsvangirai’s career was marked by a long political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe.He had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

Tsvangirai’s illness was said to have divided the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change), with some party officials reportedly jockeying to succeed the former trade union activist.

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