Tsvangirai’s grandson buried in Buhera
By Violet Gonda
6 April 2009
Tragedy has struck again for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai just 30 days after losing his wife in a car accident. His young grandson Sean Tsvangirai drowned in the swimming pool at the Prime Minister’s Strathaven home in Harare on Saturday.
Tsvangirai had just returned to work on April 1st, after taking a leave of absence following the loss of Susan, his wife of 30 years. Upon hearing the news, the Prime Minister flew back to Harare from Victoria Falls on Saturday where he had been attending a three day working retreat for government ministers.
Sean was the child of Tsvangirai’s second son Garikai, who lives in Canada but was in Zimbabwe to mourn the death of his mother. The Prime Minister has six children and had two grandchildren. Four year old Sean was living with his grandparents, and had been looked after by his late grandmother, while his parents were studying in Canada.
Family spokesperson Hebson Makuvise said Garikai and his wife Lillian were in the process of finalising their only child’s papers in order for him to return with them to Canada.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson James Maridadi said in a statement: “Sean was playing outside when suddenly he sneaked to the back of the house and undressed before he jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool. He was discovered later floating.”
Makuvise said scores of people, including government ministers from ZANU PF and both MDC formations, attended the burial of three year old Sean. He was buried next to his grandmother in Buhera on Monday. Susan Tsvangirai died exactly a month ago on Monday.
The latest tragedy has left many wondering how the Prime Minister will be able to cope with the demands of his job with all the tragedies that have unfolded in the short time that he has been in office.