Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 'critically ill' in hospital

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 'critically ill' in hospital

Ailing Movement for Democratic Change founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, has appointed Nelson Chamisa as acting president of the party.

Tsvangirai, 65, has been the MDC's figurehead since the party was founded almost 20 years ago.

With reports that Mr Tsvangirai is in a critical condition, reports that he however denies, the appointment of Mr Chamisa is somewhat indefinite and a blow to a faction led by Dr Khupe that has been reportedly pushing that she be made acting president.

He was operated on for cancer in South Africa in 2016 and has had several rounds of chemotherapy.

MDC-T sources also claimed that prior to their departure, Mudzuri, Khupe, Mwonzora and their allies secretly met at a top Harare hotel and resolved to organise countrywide anti-coalition rallies to counter programmes run by the MDC Alliance to deflate Chamisa's leadership ambitions.

An MDC official has told Eyewitness News that Tsvangirai is not receiving visitors at the moment, possibly a sign of how serious his condition is.

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"Whatever is discussed there is not going to be binding to the MDC-T".

Under former president Robert Mugabe, he was regularly insulted, personally, and massively abused by the state-controlled media and mocked mercilessly by Zanu-PF leaders. As opposition leader Tsvangirai endured numerous arrests and brutal beatings by the security forces.

"I was MDC-T A/president for months in 2008 on the basis of our constitution which has remained unchanged & clear on the roles of elected officers of congress". It does not give any extensive powers to any one office bearer such that without them the party is dysfunctional.

He has since set up an alliance with five other opposition parties to challenge Zanu PF led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in this year's elections.

MDC's Gutu said there were no divisions within the party and accused the ruling-Zanu PF of spreading the rumours.

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