Zim prays for Tsvangirai

HARARE - Zimbabweans are talking about little else than opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s health ever since the former prime minister in the government of national unity bravely disclosed on Monday that he was battling colon cancer.

At the same time, analysts who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said while Tsvangirai’s health challenges could impact negatively on his and the MDC’s 2018 elections campaign, his laudable move to play open cards with his illness could also give him and his party “a massive sympathy bump” during those eagerly-anticipated polls.

However, and most worryingly, some MDC supporters were speculating dangerously that the former trade union leader may have been poisoned during the days of the country’s unity government, while a few among his political foes were crassly suggesting that Tsvangirai was faking his illness to draw sympathy from the electorate.

Yet even fewer retards, particularly hardline Zanu PF bigots and those with a tendency to abuse social media, were also hoping that he would not recover at all, clearly in the mistaken belief that this would somehow advance their narrow interests.

But by far, there was an outpouring of sympathy for Tsvangirai and messages of good wishes to him from the overwhelming majority of Zimbabweans, with many people praying and holding vigils for him.

Former vice president and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, said she and her party were praying fervently for Tsvangirai.

“We applaud the former prime minister for coming out in the open about his medical condition. As a party, our prayers are with him and we urge Zimbabweans to give him the privacy that he needs during this time that he is on the mend.

“We believe that with all our support, prayers and care, the former PM will recover fast and resume his role as one of the leaders of our country in the shortest possible time. Get well soon Save (Tsvangirai’s totem). May the good Lord keep you, may His countenance shine upon you,” Mujuru’s spokesperson Gift Nyandoro said.

MDC president Welshman Ncube tweeted: “Just read Tsvangirai’s courageous statement on his medical condition & wish him successful treatment & speedy recovery”.

Commenting on Tsvangirai’s announcement of his illness, University of Zimbabwe political scientist, Eldred Masunungure, also said his disclosure “signifies maturity’’.

“What he did is only regarded as a common practice in more developed democracies. He has exhibited that transparency goes beyond governance. However, it is also possible that this is something that could cause some instability and anxiety in the MDC’s leadership,” he said.

Another analyst, Shakespeare Hamauswa, concurred, adding: “I think it will increase jostling for power within his political party. But the significance regarding the bigger political perspective is that his approach is being contrasted with Mugabe whose health issues are a secret”.

Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said Tsvangirai should be applauded for his openness -- which he described as “a key component of accountable leadership”.

“This is in direct contra-distinction to Mugabe who thinks that his health is a state secret despite its capacity to destabilise the country. This shows that Morgan belongs to modern democratic politicians who appreciate openness, transparency and accountability to the people they lead.

“To the contrary, Mugabe behaves like a Stone Age traditional chief whose health is only known by spirit mediums and sangomas. What Tsvangirai did will also have assisted in calming down hyenas and vultures in his party,” he said.

Analyst McDonald Lewanika, said the indication from Tsvangirai’s statement was that his illness was not terminal and that it was being treated.

“If indeed that is the case, we cannot take this disease as a death sentence on both Morgan and his leadership of his party. However, and as he recuperates, the MDC has in the meantime shown that it is not over-reliant on him and has indeed been able to continue with planned actions in his absence,” he said.

To that extent, Lewanika said he did not think that Tsvangirai’s illness would impede his party from campaigning effectively ahead of 2018.

“The MDC institutionally is the strongest opposition party with substantial organisational capacity on the ground that is capable of doing political leg-work in the absence of their leader,” he said.

Comments (17)

Get well soon Save.

chitsiga - 29 June 2016

Get well soon Save. We pledge our total support to you in both your physical and spiritual realms.

Tkb - 29 June 2016

I think Save you have fought a good fight..Its now time to pass the stick..You have done your part..there comes a time when the reality must be told and this is the time...chipaiwo vamwe muzorore..u have failed dismally and i dont think they is anything new you are going to bring save...I wish that u take this time and oppotunity to make your life right with Christ..If you are not borm again this is the time save...Christ is saying come and lets reason together

apo - 29 June 2016

apo those word wich u ar saying must be directed to Mugabe.he failed our country.yu must b a cio who want to disturb the good msges coming fro pple with sympathy with our President of Zim cme 2018.

against yu - 29 June 2016


against yu - 29 June 2016

We pray for your strong recovery. Zimbabwe needs you. The hungry people of Marange need you. You are our hope and inspiration, Let us soldier on the people of Zimbabwe will be free again. Viva Zimbabwe. The people are greater than any political party, greater than any individual politician.

Tekere - 29 June 2016

While reasonable Zimbos are commiserating with Tsvangirai, wishing him well and proffering wise counsel, a retard going by the name against you chooses to go against the grain. It is such fanaticism that radicalises people. Do not attempt to character assess because in a platform such as this, it is not your brief. Rather, interrogate the message by apo and then deal with the merits and demerits. Your crass views and unnecessary vitriol betrays a lot about you. Am glad there are fewer people like you.

sambulo vuma - 30 June 2016

get well soon , declare your healing in Jesus' name

Brethren - 30 June 2016


wilson - 30 June 2016

may the Lord Almighty intervine. We love you Morgen we are praying for you. wish you a speedy recovery.

aleck - 30 June 2016

whereas I am obviously saddened by the fact that our dear leader has contracted the dreaded disease, it is by no means a death sentence as portrayed by some naïve elements of our society. khupe has had cancer for a while now but she is going strong. Mugabe's Siamese twin dos santos contracted cancer in the 90s but he is still alive. get well soon save and take the power from rwavhi Mugabe nembavha Joice Mujuru.

josphat mugadzaweta - 30 June 2016

May Jesus Christ, the Lord of Mercy, help you recover as quickly as possible Save

Alois Matongo - 30 June 2016

With you Mudhara in our prayers. Get well soon and continue the struggle

Captain D - 30 June 2016

get well soon, we need you come 2018. Taneta kubirwa nembavha dzeZANUPF

gunners - 30 June 2016

Wishing the courageous leader a speedy recovery, I can smell some opportunistic hyenas waiting in the dark. Hamulumi..!

Diaspora - 1 July 2016

Wish you speedy recovery Save

taona - 2 July 2016

SAVE tinokudai

taona - 2 July 2016

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