For almost two decades, Tsvangirai (pronounced chang-girr-EYE) was the heavyset, baritone-voiced embodiment of Zimbabwe's opposition movement. The late opposition party leader was battling colon cancer which he was diagnosed with three years ago.
In the years to come, Tsvangirai would spend less time in the spotlight, and his dream of a peaceful and democratic transition of power from Mugabe was never realized.
Doorashadii 2008, Tsvangirai ayaa helay codadkii ugu badnaa wareegga kowaad, balse waxaa uga guuleystay Robert Mugabe kadib markii uu isaga baxay doorashada.
Like many other young black men of his era, he said that in his adolescence he was "prepared to die" for Mugabe, a national hero whose guerrilla warfare tactics helped the newly named Zimbabwe achieve black majority rule in 1980.
"Morgan will always be an icon of the democratic movement in Zimbabwe".
Tsvangirai (L) and Mugabe (R) pictured in 2013.
He had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times after he founded the MDC in 2000 and tried to challenge Mugabe's iron grip on the country.
A subsequent move to become Mugabe's Prime Minister backfired and Tsvangirai's MDC movement was roundly defeated in 2013 elections. His loss followed a long political struggle with the government that turned violent and resulted in a power-sharing deal.
Chakwera further said in Africa it's always not an easy task to stand in opposition to the government but Tsvangirai was different as he was standing strong. Tsvangirai was a miner who rose through the ranks of Zimbabwe's trade unions.
In January, Mr Tsvangirai suggested he would be stepping down, saying he was "looking at the imminent prospects of us as the older generation leaving the levers of leadership to allow the younger generation to take forward this huge task".
The first elections since Mr Mugabe's resignation are due to be held in May.