Ailing Morgan Tsvangirai Appoints Chamisa Acting MDC-T Leader

Saul Bowman
February 8, 2018

Main opposition leader of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai has reportedly been admitted to a South African hospital after entering a critical condition.

"As of yesterday, he was said to be breathing slowly, sometimes with very long pauses between breaths", the paper said.

The MDC-T leader has not been actively involved in politics ever since he was diagnosed with cancer and has been in and out of hospital since June past year.

This saw Dr Khupe reacting on twitter disputing the appointment of Adv Chamisa to the helm of the party, albeit on the acting capacity.

After Mugabe was eased out of power, new president Emmerson Mnangagwa met with the opposition leader at his residence. "Everyone knows that Morgan health-wise can not stand", said MDC-Alliance member Gilbert Bgwende. We are a united party.

Many believe that Tsvangirai was the bravest of all the post-independence leaders who took on Zanu-PF, which made it clear, shortly after independence, that it wanted a one-party state. "They know that we are the largest political party", he said.

Some in the party are suggesting a possible return of Prof Ncube and Mr Biti into the MDC-T fold with their members.

The MDC-T war was mainly triggered by the formation of the MDC Alliance, which other top officials described as a plot to revive deadwood that, at one point, caused problems in the main opposition party. "Their participation at such forum directly violates a national council resolution which exclusively mandated the president (Tsvangirai) to deal with such issues", Chidziva said in a statement.

In the event that the worst is to happen to Mr Tsvangirai, Mr Chamisa as acting president, starts his campaign on an advantage ahead of the other two.

Local media reported this week that his condition had deteriorated in recent days but the 65-year-old Tsvangirai refuted the claims in a post on twitter saying he was shocked to read that he was critically ill.

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