'My cancer better than Mugabe's misrule'

HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai is suffering from serious illness — colon cancer — but still has time to throw a jibe at President Robert Mugabe — describing his handling of the country as worse than his condition.

Tsvangirai said while his health condition which he disclosed on June 27 had “shaken our country and greatly disturbed the spirits of the people of Zimbabwe”, the cancer of corruption posed an even more dangerous threat to the country than his cancer of the colon.

Addressing journalists at his Highlands home in the capital last week, Tsvangirai bemoaned the suffering Zimbabweans are going through which he blamed on Mugabe and Zanu PF.

“Oh yes, corruption, mis-governance and just plain cluelessness at the national level have become a more dangerous cancer, even more dangerous than cancer of the colon!” Tsvangirai said derisively.

“The nation is hurting and life is tough for everyone outside the parasitic elite that is feeding on the national trough.

“It is this elite that is fuelling the cancer of corruption and is oblivious to the dire situation facing the ordinary people in Pumula, Plumtree, Mufakose, Dotito and Chirundu.”

The former prime minister in the inclusive government said the country is at a precipice in need of astute management “but it is apparent that there is leadership vacuum at national level”.

His critics including Zanu PF bigwigs say because of the nature of the disease, the once firebrand trade unionist turned opposition strongman could lose his cutting edge, a trait that has made him the face of Zimbabwe’s painstaking pursuit for democracy for nearly 16 years.

Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene appeared to celebrate the opposition leader’s condition, saying it was payback time for him.

“Tsvangirai is suffering with cancer; it’s payback time for wishing ...Mugabe to die, but Mugabe does not have cancer.

“Who are we to question God’s will? Why opposing our president who is 92 years old? I would even sacrifice for my president by giving him my 20 years and I will die,’’ she said while addressing supporters in Mutare recently.

“If you look at his face that is what is in his brains. He is not appealing. He is ugly. You should not vote for him because he is a loser,’’ Chimene added.

But in his address last week Tsvangirai said he was on the road to full recovery after undergoing surgery in South Africa and that he was ready to challenge Mugabe in 2018.

“I want to say today that I am recovering well and once again, I want to thank everyone, especially the people of this country from across the political, religious and tribal divide, for standing by me.

“Indeed, we are all mortal beings and sometimes our bodies get shaken by the vagaries of nature but as you can see, God is always on our side and I am on the path to full recovery.”

Comments (7)

true save, I would vote for you in the intensive care unit with no cent in your bank account rather than vote for healthy fools rwavhi Mugabe and hippo mujuru. the wise say that the misfortunes of a wise man are better than the fortunes of a fool. at least you are not a war vet so you wont tell us that you died for this country so you are forever like Robert, didymus, joice , covo/rugare and Margaret

josphat mugadzaweta - 18 July 2016

The problem is that whenever opposition is mentioned Zanu PF sees Tsvangirai who is just a leader. I emulate his acknowledgement of the efforts by the real people.

Dakarai - 18 July 2016

If people were to vote based on face, Mugabe would be so scaring to vote for, he is not only ghost like, but he is so frail, right to the core. Tsvangirai may be facially ugly but not no facially frail or scaring. His heart and handa are clean, no blood of innocent civilians like Mugabe and ZANU PF. In Mugabe's hands, the blood of his brother drips as far back as 1980s on allegation of a relationship and pregnating Sally Mugabe, who was found dead in a swimming pool. Prior there is blood of Tongongara, even Chitepo, he was assassinated in Zambia, why was there no inquest . Then come 19804/7 20000 ndebele blood

amina - 18 July 2016

i think hes done as Mugabe is we need new blood in the oppositio as well ,he has failed as well time to have a ndebele run things in zimbabwe,we are tired of shona this shona that,

Dube 1 - 19 July 2016

Save tinomira nemi dont worry, thus the truth u said that cancer is better than Mugabe's misrule

JANGLE - 19 July 2016

Iwe Editor. Ko uyo muNdevere ari kuti Shona this Shona that wadii kumubhana coz he is a tribalist. Kutonga kune maqualities iwe Dube kwete kutengesa sana Welshman. Only Nkomo Joshua had the qualities vazhinji vatengesi.

Wezhira wezhara - 19 July 2016

Morgan you are wrong somewhere,its not about Mugabe mis-rule, but is about the quality of politics you are practising in Zimbabwe and Africa at large. You Morgan ,you add calamities that befalls our economy by allowing Zanu Pf to draft policies that are not useful and without any referendum. As long as you are the leader of MDC-T, it will die a opposition party.

Nyamajuru@wagona.com - 19 July 2016

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