I am fit - Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has allayed fears that he may be seriously unwell, with his aides saying yesterday that he was “as fit as a fiddle”.

The aides said the former prime minister in the government of national unity is recharging his batteries at his home in Harare after his doctors ordered him to take a rest at the weekend, due to exhaustion, a development that sparked frenzied speculation about his health after he missed his party’s huge Africa Day rally in the capital.

His spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told the Daily News yesterday that there was no need for anyone to panic over the MDC president’s well-being as he was in excellent health and was merely resting as per his doctors’ recommendation.

“He is fine, although he is still taking the rest ordered by his doctors. The doctors told him that he was overworking and must therefore rest,” Tamborinyoka said.

In his own Facebook post on Sunday Tsvangirai said: “I failed to attend the MDC Africa Day celebrations at Zimbabwe Grounds today but I hear it was a blast. Because of illness, the doctor ordered me to take a rest.

“Those who attended tell me there was a huge crowd there and it is unfortunate that I failed to address the people. I can’t wait to see the pictures from the rally and share them with you.

“I might be home recuperating but my thoughts are with the people of Zimbabwe who continue to brave the long and torturous journey to true freedom and democracy”.

Although part of the speculation at the weekend was that the former trade union leader was suffering from malaria, Tamborinyoka dismissed this claim as entirely without foundation.

“There is no need for the nation to panic because he is alright. He will be back on his feet soon,” he said.

Tsvangirai, who controversially lost last year’s general elections to President Robert Mugabe, has lately had to contend with some of his party underlings such as expelled secretary general Tendai Biti and former deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma pushing for his ouster.

This has seen the popular opposition leader embarking on an extensive tour of the country to address rallies meant to galvanise his grassroots support.

“I cannot give a firm date as to when he will be back, because it is up to the doctors, but it might take a few weeks before he is back,” Tamborinyoka said.

Stocking Tsvangirai’s legendary rivalry with  Mugabe, who has been receiving frequent treatment in a top-notch Singapore medical facility, Tsvangirai’s spokesman said the former PM preferred to be treated locally.

“Unlike others (a clear reference to Mugabe) who have gone to Singapore for treatment, he (Tsvangirai) has been receiving treatment locally, using our own health institutions,” Tamborinyoka said.

Comments (36)

Where one rx's treatment doesn't matter. what matters is who is idiotic, and the open zip comes out tops on that subject. Its not surprising that he could be getting treatment from sangomas so as to conceal his HIV status.

reason - 27 May 2014

Zorora hako mwana wevhu.You are a true PATRIOT.We stand by you as you stand by us.We love you MT the way you love us. We know,your blind enemies also want true freedom. Even those who torture you, also need true freedom. The struggle continues.

HURUKURO - 27 May 2014

Everyone needs freedom,even those who hate you for fighting the evil system.Don't look back.We are happy you may soon be back We know hausi simbi.You overworked & you deserve a rest while fools wish you dead.

GAMBUKAMBU - 27 May 2014

Everyone needs freedom,even those who hate you for fighting the evil system.Don't look back.We are happy you may soon be back We know hausi simbi.You overworked & you deserve a rest while fools wish you dead.

GAMBUKAMBU - 27 May 2014

A hard working leader always concerned and fighting for peolple's rights and welfare. Follow the Doctor's orders and get well soon.

Dr Know - 27 May 2014

mt l will forever be with u , u are the only voice for a reason , voice for the voiceless

hondo - 27 May 2014

It's very often imbeciles like @Reason who themselves are dying from incurable diseases, not that this is a laughing matter, who glibly throw silly insults at others. Do yourself a favour Reason, go get tested!

Musorodamba - 27 May 2014

With the great support & goodwilled pple's prayers.MT may get well soon.The people really miss him. Thank you D.Know, I hope you are sincere brother.

GANDUKAI - 27 May 2014

There is no need for the nation to panic because he is alright. I hear you Tamborinyoka, may I ask; Which nation is panicking?

Bigboy Shumba - 27 May 2014

muchaneta henyu...

bones - 27 May 2014

mr president take a rest. thats being good you dont need to do like you are an iron like others who visit doctors privately fearing that so and so will know that im not fit

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WERTHJITFCF - 27 May 2014

The very sick one was at Singapore, and Garce was dragging him along at Zuma's inauguration. You would feel pity for the limping donkey!

Tongogara weChachacha - 27 May 2014

It was tsara tsara tsara by mugabe at zuma's inauguration and one two one two up steps by former zambian president kk even strong pain killers mugabe took from asia could not hide the sickness . Pitigori akuyenda anga achinyanya kuvhaira.

Diibulaanyika - 27 May 2014

please pane asati amborwara here? munhu wese anotomboita go trough sickness. whats the fuss??? please give us better news and way forward to revive economy not negative news . we are tired of news reporters who fail to give us positive news.

JS - 27 May 2014

If you are tired of this type of news the easiest thing is not to read the news . Remember this news paper is independent and no one can tell it what to write , what is not news to you is news to others . thanks daily news keep on telling it as it is

Diibulaanyika - 27 May 2014

Fit as a fiddle yet you booked off sick. We all fall sick once in a while. Just say he is not well recovering at home.

Eddy - 28 May 2014

mr president you will be fine soon we know god will hear our players for you ,i think you are only who can manage us get out of this mess

taws - 28 May 2014

YOU can not compare the president and an ordinary person. MDC ICHIE MARI HERE YEKUENDA KUNZE KUNORAPWA? Dayi isiri rally tingadayi tisina kuziva urwere urwu. if the head of state is ill for security reasons information must be slowly released to Public. Mwari wedu batsirai vanorwara vose muvaporese.

tibvu - 28 May 2014

Get well soon President M.R.T. I just pray that its not those Monday morning "teas" you were being given by Bob a year ago because that tyranny is capable of doing anything.

Muchamaya Kache - 28 May 2014

@reason it matters where one receives treatment if it is our money. We do not care if you get treatment anywhere in this world but for those that have destroyed our health institutions to receive treatment outside while we die here is a BIG embarassment and lacking respect to your countrymen and women. Our hospitals are now death beds because of those who now receive treatment elsewhere and you say it doesn't matter; I think your head needs examination.

Chen Chikezha - 28 May 2014

Since when has this 'REASON' idiot ever said anything reasonable?Please don't take him serious on any subject.

EMPTY VESSEL - 28 May 2014

Mbuya nehanda says 'mapfupa angu achamuka. kkkkkkk ropa revana vaya ku chimoio ne mhuri yezimbabwe yakarasikirwa nehupenyu nekuda kwe ma sanctions. 2007-2008. kkkkkkkk ma one atanga

ngwena - 28 May 2014

If its anyone who panicked it should be the mdct supporters who all along did not know that they be led by a mentally retarded man. It also prove the followers are a bunch of idiots if they could not read between the lines that the man is crazy.

reason - 29 May 2014

vana ve zimbabwe ACHIMWENE is smiling as you are hacking one another like this.lets for one DAY support a zimbabwean and see whether our economy will not grow.Look the short lived GNU.At least there was hope.Achimwene doesnt like that.Have you ever heard him talk about tokwe mukosi?he has been to Rome,Singapore South Africa and yet he has never been to Masvingo.Makaranga makapata zvisinga bviri,Ndimi number one kusupporter achimwene.varume vakuru hamunyari here.You dont even have meaningful posts in gvt,Mapenzi avanhu

MABODYO - 29 May 2014

rEASON URI MU BRANTRYER HERE ?IF YOU ARE FINE?MORGARN IS PROUDLY ZIMBAWEAN OF MANYIKA /KARANGA ORIGIN.YOU ARE BRAIN WASHED MUGABE IS A TSUDO NAME .THERE ARE NO MUGABES IN ZVIMBA.HE JUST ICKED A POPUAR NAME AND ADAPTED IT .HE DOESNT EVEN TALK OF HIS FATHER .HE CARES LESS ABOUT ANY ZIMBABWEANS WHETHER YOU PERISH IN SOUTH AFRICA OR TOKWE MUKOSI.IF YOU ARE ZIM WAKE UP WE ARE BEING FOOLED.

mabhodyo - 29 May 2014

taurai mega kuti muripi

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ROBERT SMITH - 31 May 2014

Mbuya Nehanda never spoke of her bones rising from the dead & has absolutely nothing to do with any political party in Zimbabwe. This 'mapfupa achamuka' nonsense is just a ZPF political gymmick designed to win support. If anything,mbuya Nehanda is for every Zimbabwean not exclusively for THIEVES who have ruined this once beautiful country.

MHARAPATSETSE - 2 June 2014

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