Tsvangirai back

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai returned home yesterday after spending nearly a  month in South Africa where he has been receiving treatment on a yet to be disclosed ailment.

The former prime minister has publicly  disclosed that he is suffering from cancer of the colon and has been going to South Africa for routine medical check-ups as part of his  treatment.

However, last month Tsvangirai was airlifted there when he fell ill during a meeting of principals to  the MDC Alliance — a grouping of the country’s largest opposition party  and six other fringe parties — formed on August 5 as part of  preparations for the launch of a grand coalition.

Tsvangirai touched down yesterday afternoon at the Harare International Airport where he was met by one of his vice presidents Nelson Chamisa  and senior party officials.

“President Tsvangirai’s arrival has  confounded morbid sceptics; some of whom had publicly wished him dead,”  MDC presidential spokesperson and director of communications Luke  Tamborinyoka said in a statement.

“He returns to take his  rightful place in the trenches and to lead a stoic nation that has for  years fought for democracy to remove a stubborn and inept government now engaged in a vicious succession struggle at the expense of the  challenges facing the people.”

Since he went public with his  condition, question marks have been raised whether the firebrand former labour union leader would be able to withstand the rigours of a gruelling  elections campaign expected ahead next year’s make-or-break elections.

On  Monday, an MDC lawmaker, Eddie Cross, claimed in a post that  the former trade unionist was suffering from an aggressive form of colon  cancer.

“He has been struggling with his treatment and the  family is concerned that he might not handle the election and  subsequently the responsibility of being president of a country in a  deep crisis,” said Cross.

“After a lifetime of principled  struggle, to have it all threatened by a disease in your body, is not  fair . . . Life can be a bastard at times.”

Since June last year, questions about Tsvangirai’s health have dominated political discussions in mineral-rich Zimbabwe.

That was when Tsvangirai announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy in SA.

The MDC president revealed in a recent Daily News interview that he had had 10 chemotherapy sessions.

He then pronounced himself that he was getting cured of cancer and resumed a hard-driving campaign to secure victory in next year’s presidential  election, in which he will face a 94-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe has said Tsvangirai should throw in the towel, claiming he has no hope of overcoming a “mammoth political party” like Zanu PF in next year’s harmonised elections and claims the bumper crowds at his presidential youth interface rallies left him “trembling”.

“It made not just  the opposition tremble. Vakavamba vana Tsvangirai zvino kudedera nekumabvi uku, ndopakabva pavamba pasusukidza hurwere hwacho.

“Aiwa  tinoti kandai chipfumo pasi hapana kwamunosvika. Zanu PF is the mammoth  party of the country. Look at its history; takabva kupi?” Mugabe said  in remarks that have provoked an angry reaction from the MDC.T

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Comments (2)

famba stvangirai famba dzamara tatora nyika

g40 - 15 October 2017

Does Cde Robert Gabriel know and understand that some of the thousands of the YOUTH are frog-marched to attend his meetings, rallies, including the money wasting thousands of welcoming gatherings sometimes held more than twice a month at Harare International Airport ?

Sekuru Ndoronga - 15 October 2017

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