>> An emotional farewell to Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Tuesday. Thousands of his supporters jammed the small village where he was laid to rest next to his first wife. Tsvangirai was a former trade union leader who rose to prominence by posing the biggest challenge to ex-President Robert Mugabe.
He died of cancer last Wednesday. Political foes and allies alike described the 65 year old as a brave politician who challenged the status quo, one of the few to stand up to Mugabe who was swept aside last November following a de facto military coup. However, the two did rule side by side when Tsvangirai served as prime minister from 2009 to 2013 in a unity government with Mugabe.
Speakers at the burial included Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga.>> In this coffin here lies a great African, great Zimbabwean, and a hero who should have been accorded a proper hero's burial in Zimbabwe.>> On Monday, two of Odinga's prominent supporters were barred from traveling from Kenya to attend the ceremony but were eventually allowed to fly on Tuesday afternoon.
Already behind the public outpouring of grief, though, senior members of Tsvangirai's movement for Democratic Change Party are at war over its control. Rival factions are deeply dividing the party less than six months before Zimbabwe's presidential, parliamentary, and council elections.