Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Harare, ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is dead.

The former prime minister died at a hospital in South Africa, this is according to a senior official in his Movement for Democratic Change party.

Mr. Tsvangirai, 65, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer for the past two years.

Tsvangirai who was the president of  MDC until his death, will be remembered for his bravery having risked his life to stand up to former president Robert Mugabe whom many referred to as a dictator.

During the 2008 elections in Zimbabwe,  Mr. Mugabe was declared the winner, but an international outcry over allegations of violence and vote-rigging led to a power-sharing agreement in which Mr. Tsvangirai would serve as prime minister.

The news of his death comes after Robert Mugabe stepped down as Zimbabwe’s President paving way for Emmerson Mnangagwa.