Mourning MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa Wednesday had a difficult time trying to calm hundreds of agitated followers who booed NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku and some political rivals who had joined him bury his late mother.

Earlier, the opposition leader was also called to rescue MDC-T rival Thokozani Khupe and aides who were being blocked by angry MDC Alliance supporters from attending the burial of Gogo Alice Chamisa.

Khupe was eventually allowed to join the tense proceedings.

Madhuku had to cut his speech to less than a minute after his remarks were drowned in heckles by Chamisa followers who had gathered at a family homestead for a church service held in honour of the late.

“Madhuku has a legal and political history, he is here with us to mourn Gogo Chamisa, some of us hold no grudges,” Chamisa said of a politician and lawyer who helped party rival Khupe win a court challenge against the opposition leader’s legitimacy.

Chamisa urged tolerance.

“Madhuku has his own history. Yes, we disagree politically, but we agree with him on many issues about this country.

“What he has done to come and coming as far as Harare to mourn with us should be respected.

“To appreciate that, I say Prof Madhuku, thank you for coming to mourn my mother, we want citizens that live in peace and love.

“We must build this country after forgiveness.

“You are here to mourn my mother who has departed, I have never seen thousands of villagers gathering here for someone who is not in politics, a vegetable vendor like my late mother.”