|Affiliation||Movement for Democratic Change
, , Zimbabwe
|| March 10, 1952
|Died||February 14, 2018
Feb 20, 2018 08:32pm
African - Cancer - Imprisoned - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Morgan Tsvangirai is a self-made person, a solid administrator, competent thinker, charismatic leader, democratic team player and above all, a compassionate family man. He has an unshakable appreciation of the key challenges facing Zimbabwe as a country and Zimbabweans as a people. |
Tsvangirai is a product of important social movements in this country, which include the labour and constitutional reform movements. He is the former Secretary General of the powerful Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and is the founding chairperson of the National Constitutional Assembly, a group that advocates for a new constitution for Zimbabwe.
He is a graduate of Harvard University�s John F Kennedy School of Government, where he a attained a diploma from the school�s Executive Leaders In Development Program, in June 2001.This programme concentrates on such themes as leadership, managing political and economic reforms, managing transition, economic development, financial management and globalisation. This is a programme for executive global leaders in key organizations, government departments, international organizations, academic institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations.
The eldest of nine children, Tsvangirai was born in Gutu, Masvingo and attended Munyira Primary School and then Silveira and Gokomere high schools. He left school after GCE O-Levels to help support his family. And at 20 he was working at Mutare Clothing where he had his first taste of trade unionism as a member of the local textile union. Two years later he joined the Trojan Nickel Mine in Bindura. He spent ten years at the mine, rising from plant operator to general foreman. Tsvangirai became branch chairman of the Associated Mine Workers Union and was later elected into the executive of the National Mine Workers Union before becoming Secretary General of the ZCTU in 1988.
Tsvangirai has also held several high-ranking positions in many regional labour movements. He has been a guest speaker at various faculties of various universities on the continent and beyond. He has also been a guest speaker and presenter at various conferences including at the World Trade forum, trade union related forums, and both NGO and government organized seminars. The man is an eloquent speaker. He is also a multitalented personality and displays an amazing amount of energy, which drives his hard work.
It was Tsvangirai who led the ZCTU away from its alliance with the ruling Zanu PF. As his power, and that of the movement grew, his relationship with the Government deteriorated. In 1989 he was imprisoned for six weeks on charges of being a South African spy. He has also been a victim of premeditated and government inspired harassment and violence. There have been three assassination attempts on his life, which include the 1997 attempt, where unknown assailants burst into his office and tried to throw him out of a tenth story window.
Morgan Tsvangirai, has been married to his wife Susan since 1978. They have 6 children. Their eldest son is 22 years old and the youngest are twins who are 8 years of age. When not in the office or out meeting the people Tsvangirai likes to read and spend time with his family.
Since his election as MDC President in February 2002, he has remained steadfast in his belief that the people should complete the change for a better life for all.