MDC leader,Morgan Tsvangirai has reacted angrily to a report that his deputy Thokozani Khupe is plotting to oust him.
The Sunday News reported that Khupe was desperately trying to get hold of Tsvangirai’s medical records to prove that he was no longer fit to take on President Mugabe.
The Khupe faction is said to have used Mr Douglas Mwonzora to try to smuggle a doctor into the hospital in South Africa where Tsvangirai was admitted to get his medical records which were to be given to the Swedish government to prove that Tsvangirai was seriously ill.
“To bolt their claim that the president was sick, Mwonzora tried to smuggle a doctor into the hospital where the president was admitted to but he was stopped by the Tsvangirai family members and hospital authorities. After the incident the president’s wife (Elizabeth Macheka) and his daughter Vimbai then banned them from visiting Tsvangirai in South Africa together with Chief Ndlovu (party’s chairman in South Africa) and Phungeni who were also banned from visiting the president or offering any money for his treatment.” Contacted for comment, Mr Mwonzora initially was jumpy but when quizzed further confirmed that he tried to get a doctor, only to help Mr Tsvangirai.
“I have no comment. I don’t think it’s true,” he said before saying “this is an issue which can be handled by the presidential spokesperson.”
Quizzed further on whether he took a doctor see Mr Tsvangirai in hospital he said: “I can confirm that I was concerned about the president’s health. I had just lost my brother and I tried my best to help.”
But Tsvangirai’s spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka dismissed the report saying :”President Tsvangirai is certain that no such plot exists and would wish to urge Zimbabweans never to believe Zanu PF media on issues to do with the MDC. There is unity in the leadership as witnessed yesterday when President Tsvangirai, his three deputies including Hon. Khupe and SG Mwonzora attended a protest march in Masvingo as the party continues to execute its programmes. The story in The Sunday News is part of the usual drivel driven by the Zanu PF media in the vain hope of causing disaffection in the MDC.
Tough luck to this desperate regime. For the record, President Tsvangirai retains full confidence in Hon. Khupe and SG Mwonzora. The State media that carried the story today has never and will never be a credible source of the goings-on in the MDC. Vice President Khupe and SG Mwonzora are part of a united MDC leadership that has stood---and continues to stand--- by the President as he recovers from indisposition.
No amount of State media malice will divide the party or stop the united MDC leadership from its historical mandate to deliver positive change in the country.”