Wednesday, 29 June 2016


THERE was an outpouring of sympathy for MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday following his disclosure that he has cancer of the colon and was undergoing treatment in neighbouring South Africa.
Tsvangirai made the unusual step of disclosing his medical status, something most political leaders in the country, particularly President Robert Mugabe, have failed to do.

Yesterday, many, including his political rivals, stampeded to wish him a quick recovery and hailed his decision to go public with his health status.

Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru said she wished Tsvangirai well and urged Zimbabweans to give him the privacy he needed during his time on the mend.

“Dr Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru and ZimPF would like to join Zimbabweans in praying for Tsvangirai, who is recuperating after surgery,” Mujuru’s spokesperson Gift Nyandoro said in a statement yesterday.

“We applaud the former Prime Minister for coming out in the open about his medical condition. As a party, our prayers are with him and we urge Zimbabweans to give him the privacy that he needs during this time that he is on the mend.”

Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said it had been saddened by the news of Tsvangirai’s illness.

“We ask the Lord of healing to look kindly on him in this his hour of need. We are sure he is a fighter and that he will find the strength to fight this battle as he has fought against the oppression of the people of Zimbabwe,” PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said.

“We are confident that he will be well in order for him to put his broad shoulder to turn the wheel of democracy and justice for all together with others. We are certain that he deserves to see a new Zimbabwe in good health. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Zanu PF politburo member and Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo tweeted: “I wish Tsvangirai full and complete recovery in his fight against colon cancer. May God’s favour be with him.”

Former Zanu PF Mashonaland Central youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu also sympathised with Tsvangirai. newsday


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