Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Nelson Chasima Sparks Trouble After Referring to Raila as 'Mzee'

  • Zimbabwe's acting Opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, became a victim of Kenyans on Twitter wrath (KOT) for referring to National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga as 'mzee.'

    Mr Chamisa welcomed Odinga upon his arrival at Robert Mugabe International Airport.

    In his tweet, Chamisa stated: "At the Airport to welcome President MT’s Friend Kenya’s Mzee Raila Odinga. Mzee will be paying his last respects to his dear Friend & Cde DR. MT at Humanikwa Village in Buhera tomorrow morning#tsvangiraithelegend."

    [caption caption="File image of NASA leader Raila Odinga"][/caption]

    Kenyans, however, did not take it kindly as most of Odinga's supporters felt offended advising the Opposition leader to refer to the NASA principal as 'People's President.'

    While some of Odinga's critics made fun of the title 'mzee', some further noted that he should just retire from politics.

    Mr Odinga was in Zimbabwe for the burial of the country's Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer at a South African hospital.

    The NASA leader and Tsvangirai had enjoyed close ties as they even referred to each other as brothers.

    In July 2017, Tsvangirai met Odinga in Kenya and later told Zimbabwean media that they had agreed to form a global coalition to deal with electoral fraud.

    “We traveled to Kenya to build a global coalition against manipulation of elections, not just in Zimbabwe, but the whole African continent," he stated.

    Odinga eulogized the late Tsvangirai as a man who dared to dream and fought for democracy up to his demise.

    Here is how some of the tweeps reacted to the title 'mzee':