Tsvangirai mourns MDC split at Gibson Sibandas funeral

morgan__pmPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) has expressed his regrets that the MDC had split into different formations, calling it the saddest thing in his life.

The two MDC factions were temporarily united over the weekend when they said farewell to the partys co-founder, Gibson Sibanda, who passed away last week. Tsvangirai, who heads the MDC-T, told hundreds of mourners at the memorial service that he regretted the 2005 split of the party, that saw Sibanda and other senior MDC leader form a breakaway faction.

The political developments in this country will never be the same again after the formation of the MDC, but the saddest thing in my life is the split of the MDC, Tsvangirai said.

The MDC-T leader said Sibanda provided stability and guidance in his personal life and political career, calling him a unifier, unlike any other.

Sibanda and the MDC-Ms Secretary General, Welshman Ncube, led the 2005 breakaway from the MDC, following differences over participation in the senatorial elections that year. Sibanda and others wanted the party to contest the polls but Tsvangirai overruled, them leading to the fallout.

What we said after the split, I regret it. I am sorry Gibson for what we said at that moment, it was a moment of weakness and it was not worth it, said an emotional Tsvangirai at Fridays memorial service.

The service was attended by senior leaders from the two MDC formations and ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa. Various influential leaders in business and civil society were also among the mourners at the service.

Sibanda died last Tuesday morning aged 66 after a long battle with cancer. He was buried at his home village of Komcondo in Insiza on Sunday.

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