Blessings Mashaya 13 July 2017
HARARE – Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai flew to South Africa on
Sunday for medical checkup, and is expected to return home tomorrow.
He is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
While Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka was not immediately
available for comment yesterday, a senior MDC official said he was
undergoing “a routine regime of chemotherapy treatment”.
Tsvangirai is known for working late and calling aides at all hours but
his senior lieutenants have said his routine was now strictly controlled
and his evenings involved only “bath, supper and bed”.
Leader of the smaller MDC Welshman Ncube has said the veteran politician
was fit to represent Zimbabwe’s opposition alliance in the presidential
election next year, his fourth time as a presidential candidate.
Responding to the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi in a HARDtalk interview aired
Wednesday if Tsvangirai was fit to lead the coalition after he has been
diagnosed with cancer of the colon, Ncube said from the interactions he
had with the former prime minister, he did not see any health problems
that could hinder his nomination.
“I have not gotten the impression that he is in any medical state which
will hinder him leading the opposition coalition if that is our collective
view that he should be the candidate to lead the coalition,” the former
MDC secretary-general said.
Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for “routine medical
check-up”, his third such visit there this year.
It’s not clear when he will be back, but his scheduled youth interface
rally at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane tomorrow has been pushed forward.