Coventry memorial service announced for Susan Tsvangirai

By staff writers
March 12, 2009

A UK service will be held in memory of Susan Tsvangirai, the wife of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on Saturday 14 March 2009 at Coventry Methodist Central Hall at 1.30 pm.

The service is being arranged by Zimbabwean congregations in the UK and will be attended by a number of Mrs Tsvangirai’s relatives currently living in the Britain.

Susan Tsvangirai was killed in a car crash on Friday 6 March 2009. President Robert Mugabe shocked and offended many by initially calling the accident "the hand of God", but he attended the main memorial service for her in her homeland.

Described as "a deeply religious woman", Mrs Tsvangirai’s Christian faith motivated her to get involved with many service projects for the poor and for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Some 30,000 people converged at the Glamis stadium, in Harare, on 10 March to bid farewell to Amai Susan Nyaradzo Tsvangirai.

During the service at the Methodist Church in Harare’s Mabelreign suburb, President Mugabe told mourners that the government would fund the funeral.

Morgan Tsvangirai, who was injured in the crash, made only brief remarks, thanking the mourners for their support.

“I want to thank you for showing your love to us. Let us celebrate her existence as God’s gift to me,” he said.

The 85-year-old Mugabe, the prime minister’s former arch enemy, said everything would be done to make sure Tsvangirai returned to work soon.

Referring to Mrs Tsvangirai, he said he had heard that she supported her husband’s work and was a good mother to her children.

Zimbabwe’s month-old unity government faces a mountain of problems related to the country’s economic meltdown after years of mismanagement - and also to systematic human rights abuses.

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