Odinga in Zimbabwe for Tsvangirai's funeral

Tsvangirai Kenya's Odinga leads Africa tributes

Tsvangirai Kenya's Odinga leads Africa tributes

Hundreds thronged Zimbabwe's main airport Saturday as the body of opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer in neighbouring South Africa, arrived home for burial.

Mnangagwa also urged unity as the country mourned the death of a man who had become the symbol of resistance to authoritarian rule and of the fight for democracy.

He will be buried at his rural home at Humanikwa Village, Buhera, on Monday, according to his younger brother, Collins.

As tributes continue to pour in for late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai party divisions are already beginning to unravel.

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He formed the MDC in 1999 to challenge then President Robert Mugabe, who was forced out of office in November when a military uprising ended his 37-year hold on power.

Tsvangirai's prominence across Africa as a veteran opposition leader was highlighted by the visit to Zimbabwe of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Tsvangirai formed the opposition MDC in 1999, which has led the charge for democracy in Zimbabwe, which until past year had been under the iron fist rule of Robert Mugabe.

He said Tsvangirai called him to his house in January and hinted that he would not live to see the country's upcoming elections expected by July this year. I won't make it.

He had beaten long-time ruler Mugabe in the first round of presidential elections that year, narrowly coming short of garnering enough votes to be declared the victor.

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