Prime Minister Tsvangirai will focus on the occasion of this public lecture on democratization processes on the African continent. Speaking from the perspective and experience of a political leader who has experienced robust political situations, Prime Minister Tsvangirai will elaborate on the choices and decisions that can be made to support the return to political and social stability in the times of turmoil and uncertainty.
This public lecture is organized by UNU with the support of the embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Japanese–English interpretation will be available
Prime Minister Tsvangirai was born in 1952, in the Gutu area south of Harare, the son of a bricklayer and eldest of nine children. After leaving school early to support his family, he started working in Zimbabwe mines where he soon became an active trade union member. In 1988, he was elected Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). In 1999, the ZCTU convened a National Working People’s Convention, which in one of its post-convention meetings saw the birth of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Morgan Tsvangirai ascended to leadership within the MDC and stood as the MDC’s candidate in the presidential elections in 2002 and 2008. In the tense political situation following the severely contested 2008 elections, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) intervened, and then-president of South Africa Thabo Mbek facilitated a political agreement that led to the formation of an “Inclusive Government” comprising the three main political parties. In September 2008, a power-sharing agreement known as the “Global Political Agreement” led to the formation of Zimbabwe’s current coalition government.
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