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Zimbabweans Mock Suspended Opposition Leader on Twitter

Written by Madalitso Mwando On 4 May 2014 @ 14:33 pm | No Comments

In Citizen Media, English, Humor, Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Weblog, Zimbabwe

Morgan Tsvangirai with Elizabeth Macheka cutting the wedding cake at at the Glamis Arena. Photo used with permission from nehandaradio.com

Morgan Tsvangirai with Elizabeth Macheka cutting the wedding cake at at the Glamis Arena. Photo used with permission from nehandaradio.com

As former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) implodes amid infighting for the party leadership, Zimbabweans took to Twitter and found humour in what others have described as a “Greek tragedy.”

Rebels within the party led by MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti suspended Morgan Tsvangirai and other senior officials accusing them of resisting leadership change [1]and failing to oust president Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai says [2] that he is still the party leader.

Zimbabweans, who call themselves “Twimbos”, had a field day suggesting titles for an imagined book about Tsvangirai, and the wisecracks came fast and funny.

@fingerray started the Twitter conversation that inspired some creativity among Zimbabwe’s Twitter users with the challenge:

Playing on both the movie “12 Years a Slave” and Tsvangirai’s tenure at the helm of the MDC, @fingerray tweeted:

He wrote again:

@ConorMWalsh suggested:

@phirimarko wrote:

@jpmatenga suggested a self help book:

@__The_Duke came up with:

@George_Ruzv wrote:

@DeltaNdou joined in:

@RickyEMarima wrote:

@Cchabikwa played on the name of the MDC headquarters, Harvest House:

@RickyEMarima wished the title Things Fall Apart was not taken:

@designartistic posted:

@ChrisNqoe suggested:

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URLs in this post:

[1] accusing them of resisting leadership change : http://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-27-morgan-tsvangirai-suspended-by-mdc/

[2] says: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/04/29/morgan-tsvangirai-speaks/

[3] #Twimbos: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Twimbos&src=hash

[4] #TitleforMorgansBook: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TitleforMorgansBook&src=hash

[5] @SirNige: https://twitter.com/SirNige

[6] @263Chat: https://twitter.com/263Chat

[7] @deltandou: https://twitter.com/deltandou

[8] @CynicHarare: https://twitter.com/CynicHarare

[9] @RangaMberi: https://twitter.com/RangaMberi

[10] @ConorMWalsh: https://twitter.com/ConorMWalsh

[11] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/fingerray/statuses/461469536257339392

[12] @phirimarko: https://twitter.com/phirimarko

[13] @nematombo: https://twitter.com/nematombo

[14] @teldah: https://twitter.com/teldah

[15] @cchabikwa: https://twitter.com/cchabikwa

[16] @ChrisNqoe: https://twitter.com/ChrisNqoe

[17] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/fingerray/statuses/461479741816864768

[18] @fingerray: https://twitter.com/fingerray

[19] #titleformorgansbook: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23titleformorgansbook&src=hash

[20] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/jpmatenga/statuses/461483502211710977

[21] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/ConorMWalsh/statuses/461480540944621569

[22] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/phirimarko/statuses/461478681912045568

[23] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/jpmatenga/statuses/461484777150091264

[24] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/__The_Duke/statuses/461474546198278144

[25] @TVYangu: https://twitter.com/TVYangu

[26] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/George_Ruzv/statuses/461479448718880768

[27] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/deltandou/statuses/461473813293973504

[28] #TitleForMorgansBook: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TitleForMorgansBook&src=hash

[29] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/RickyEMarima/statuses/461488195306541056

[30] #HarvestOfThorns: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HarvestOfThorns&src=hash

[31] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/cchabikwa/statuses/461472431098830848

[32] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/RickyEMarima/statuses/461482607591837696

[33] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/designartistic/statuses/461482823829176321

[34] April 30, 2014: https://twitter.com/ChrisNqoe/statuses/461489991617880064

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