MDC-T jittery over ailing Tsvangirai

Mr Tsvangirai

Mr Tsvangirai

Herald Reporter
PANIC has gripped the MDC-T amid revelations that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s close associates have followed him to South Africa to monitor his condition after he was flown there as an emergency case early morning last Friday.

Mr Tsvangirai was reportedly carried into a private plane on a stretcher at Harare International Airport around 2am, although his office sought to downplay the incident, insisting the MDC-T leader had flown to South Africa for a routine medical check-up.

While Mr Tsvangirai’s spokesman, Mr Luke Tamborinyoka, yesterday insisted that the opposition leader was well, party officials stressed he was in bad shape and that his close associates, the Makone family, had joined him in South Africa.

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The officials said it would be advisable to tell the truth about Mr Tsvangirai’s condition to avoid unhelpful speculation which could only hurt the party and cause panic among followers.

Mr Tsvangirai was airlifted to South Africa after his condition drastically deteriorated during a workshop in Kadoma. He was recently diagnosed with cancer of the colon and has been receiving chemotherapy in South Africa for some time.

“We wish the president very well but he is still in the woods,” said a senior MDC-T official.

He added: “Yes, he is responding to medication but his condition is not changing and that is our major worry. What is worrying us is that he keeps issuing statements through Tamborinyoka saying he is stable and urging people to vote yet it is clear he is not well. This attitude is not helpful.

“He has been going for routine check-ups for some time now but the fact that he was hurriedly airlifted at a workshop in the company of a doctor is clear evidence that he is seriously ill. You cannot fool people like that.”

The official said MDC-T members were also irked by the manner Mr Tsvangirai’s illness was being handled by party officials.

“What has irked other senior party members is the way the president’s sickness is being handled by members of the ‘kitchen cabinet’ such as the Makones. They are ring fencing the president and want to appear as if they are the ones who love him more than any other party members.” Another source said Mr Tsvangirai’s illness had plunged the whole party into confusion about the future if he were incapacitated beyond recovery.

“Remember, we have three vice presidents and our constitution is silent on the issue of succession,” said the source, who sits in the MDC-T’s standing committee.

“Dr Thokozani Khupe is the deputy responsible for administration, Engineer Elias Mudzuri is responsible for organising and Advocate Nelson Chamisa is responsible for international relations,” said the source.

“None of them can claim to be superior to the other although those sympathetic to Chamisa are already touting him as the possible successor,” he said.

“The truth of the matter is that the constitution is silent about that matter and the appointment of Eng Mudzuri and Adv Chamisa was never meant to deal with the succession issue but factionalism that was threatening to tear the movement apart.”

He said it was important for Mr Tsvangirai to appoint someone senior to act in his capacity whenever he travels outside the country for whatever reason. This, he said, would help in coordinating communication and give it more authority.

Throughout the weekend and yesterday, Mr Tamborinyoka insisted Mr Tsvangirai was well and that he was urging people to register in readiness to vote in next’s elections.

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  • SlackJawedYokel

    Chamisa please

  • muparavanda

    There is something seriously wrong with african leaders. They just wont retire whether due to old age or sickness. They want to hold on to their positions until death. No wonder why the whole of Africa still lags behind…

  • Kevin

    Where in the world has the officials responsible for a high ranking official been specific and very liberal about information relating to the sickness of the official, which officials are these that seem aggrived , Herald hmmmmm

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    A very lugubrious situation for MDCTSVANGIRAI-Alliance. An opposition party ordained by God to remain an opposition party , will survive . We need MDCT party to continue playing its God given role to oppose, but not to form a government. We pray for Dr Tsvangirai`s speedy recovery so that he can come back and play his ordained role. Meanwhile,for the party`s security reasons,Madam, VP Dr Thoko Khuke can administer MDCT from the City of Kings. VP Chamisa should continue his “international relations“ role to ensure the Handler- Western envoys are informed about the MDCTSVANGIRAI-Alliance position.

    • Exy

      Kkkkkk, Muzvina what what….Yes,MDC will continue haunt ZANU pios out,until Zimbos get a life they long for,kwete kalyf keZanu kekushupika aka

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        KKKKkkkki. Haunting without winning against us is democracy and welcome. We are working hard to defeat sanctions in order for Zimbabweans to enjoy their economic freedom.

        • Madara

          rigging isnt democracy.
          how are these sanctions you speak of affecting the economy?
          unless of course you mean the sanctions that your own party imposed on it?

          • gerro

            No pharmaceutical imports damnit!Y’all don’t know jackshit.

      • gerro

        Kushupika nema sanctions lest you pharmaceutical trade=Zero! Now when he needed it then he realized his blunder>> he wasn’t fixing Mighty Robbie by his damn sanctions..but himself idiot tsvangi..die already..nxaah

    • gerro
  • eliah

    The two major political parties are jittery about their not so fit Presidents if we are to go by reports of countless trips for medical check ups over past year, so its for both MDC and Zanupf .

  • eliah

    How do you know ? , as his trips are all shrouded in secrecy.

  • Eish

    And at one time he made a reckless statement when he uttered that he is a secret admirer of the President

  • eliah

    Its the new lady PM who want to set a bad precedent otherwise there let go.

    • gerro

      But it’s there too right!

  • kutototo

    kkkk when the Zanu paper captions the article with ‘ailing’ and you think champagne bottles are not being popped.

  • Madara

    i think we should experiment with a privatized economy.

  • Gamba ReManyika

    What a time! ZANU PF leader wants to be replaced on the basis of age/health and a Karanga is being touted as a possible replacement. An MDC-T president wants to be replaced on the basis of failing health and a Karanga is being touted… Some things change by remaining the same shuwa! I wish for speedy recovery to Morgan and more days to President Mugabe.

  • Madara

    thats the whole point. the rigging is institutionalized. theres nothing anyone can do legally. im not in any political party. i dont care for stuff like that. all i want is whoever is in power to run the country properly and stop blaming non existent sanctions on everything. like… boo hoo im not allowed to travel to USA. that must be the reason why the whole economy is coming crashing down. is that your logic?

    • gerro

      Prove saw multitudes at ZanuPF rallies but assumed they’d turn around and bite for the womanizing buffoon shrek dying tsvangi?

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    She does? Which cave are you crawling out of?

  • gerro

    Yes Theresa May list but she’s still holding on

  • Tamuka

    That is a monarchy, she is replaced when she dies. She was not elected.