Tsvangirai still in the woods

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

Nduduzo Tshuma Bulawayo Bureau
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday cancelled a meeting of the party’s national standing committee, sparking fresh speculation over his health. Mr Tsvangirai jetted into the country last Friday from South Africa where he had been receiving treatment since September. He was airlifted to the neighbouring country when his health deteriorated. The former Prime Minister, who revealed last year that he was battling cancer of the colon, was expected to make his first public appearance yesterday.

“We were told that the meeting had been cancelled and we will be advised on when it will be held. Naturally, this has sparked fresh speculation on the president’s health amid fears that he is not yet fit to engage in political activities, but we await the next meeting to see for ourselves his state because only a few have seen him since his return,” said an MDC-T official yesterday.

However, MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu said Mr Tsvangirai had a lot of engagements.

“I can confirm that the meeting was cancelled to a later date because he (Mr Tsvangirai) had other commitments. He had other commitments and could not make it to the meeting because it was supposed to start at 10am,” he said.

There has been a lot of speculation within MDC-T over Mr Tsvangirai’s health since he was airlifted to South Africa, with a section of the party calling for the former trade unionist to step down and concentrate on his recovery. MDC-T national executive member Mr Eddie Cross recently revealed that Mr Tsvangirai’s illness is taking a toll on the opposition leader that he may fail to take part in the 2018 elections. In an article titled “Not Fair” published on his blog, Mr Cross wrote that Mr Tsvangirai’s family thinks he no longer has strength to pursue politics.

“Now, just as we expect a wave of support for our 2018 Chakachia (sic) programme, he is suffering from an aggressive form of colon cancer (sic),” wrote Mr Cross.

“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. After a life time of principled struggle, to have it all threatened by a disease in your body. Life can be a bastard at times,” Mr Cross said.

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  • Chamunorwa

    Get better soon. However, in common with your main adversary, you should learn to let go in good time. It is never nice to see a once formidable person deteriorate so publicly.

  • Rasta!

    Try not to sound too happy about his predicament.

  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    Something tells me if Mr Tsvangirai wasn’t out of the woods,his doctors in SA wouldn’t have cleared him to come back. By your own admission your sources said they haven’t seen Tsvangirai since he has been back,so what gives you the impression that he isn’t out of the woods? There are so many reasons that can keep people from attending meetings,things like eating ice cream,and being poisoned. At least Tsvangirai didn’t have to sneak out of SA for fear of being prosecuted.

  • Mungandidii

    You must be celebrating because you know that without Morgan, the road to victory is much easier.

  • Muonesi Mukuru

    Everyone can get sick at some point in a lifetime. God decides and let no man joke about it. Nothing so special and funny here! To those who understand Cancer knows all that we can wish him is a better management of it . My prayers are with him long live Tsvangirai our only hope in this political turmoil

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Diplomatic immunity was granted by the SA government, when they deemed it necessary. Any foolish barking from politically motivated nincompoops like you and Gary WekuZviyambe is irrelevant and in vain. Period.

  • Weston Mugocha

    I wish Tsvangirai a speedy recovery and long fruitful life thereafter.

  • Gamba ReManyika

    Haa “chakachia” (sic) shuwa!

    • Beginner

      Varungu kuda kuteedzera!!! Cross achati tukira Mai obva ati imistake..’chakachia” (sic) sure (sic)!! kkkk!!

  • Mike Watkins

    given the devious cowardice of the Marxist ZANU-PF and senility, and uselessness of Comrade Bob. the Commies are probably poisoning Tsvangerai? To get rid of any opposition. They’ve done it before, with Joshua Nkomo. So there’s is probably a secret police corps of assassins under Comrade Robert’s direct control? Probably supported by the North Koreans, that Mugabe loves so much?

    • ivhukuvanhu chete chete

      Nonsense, absolutely stupid…
      If, you have got nothing to contribute better go and sleep in your sty, because it is too hot today….

  • Ringo

    Sir, if you have nothing to say don’t say it here!

  • nelson moyo

    Why would Tsvangirai be in the woods ? – i thought his home was at Strathaven ?

  • Just Sayin’

    Isn’t it incredible, the Herald can discuss Tsvangarai’s health and his health related travel with freedom… but there is a total blackout when it comes to the Presidents Health and medical journeys to Singapore…

    Herald, please tell us why , this is a serious question

    I suspect it because any exposure to health shows weakness, and risk on power… and that is PRECISELY why you are doing the same with Tsvangarai… under the guise of ‘concern’ you are actually intending to show that the opposition is weak and has no leadership to worry about….

    The bubble will burst when it’s the President’s time, in the meantime it would be great if the Herald Editors could actually report the facts, grow a pair man