Zim’s Ts­van­gi­rai air­lifted to SA, bat­tling for life

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HARARE - Zimbabwe’s main op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer prime min­is­ter, Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai, has been hos­pi­talised in South Africa af­ter his health de­te­ri­o­rated, a se­nior party of­fi­cial told AFP yes­ter­day.

“He is in South Africa on ac­count of a med­i­cal cause. He is be­ing at­tended to,” a se­nior off i ci al f r om Ts­van­gi­rai’s Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) told AFP, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“We are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. He will be fine, it’s only that he was over­whelmed with work and his health de­te­ri­o­rated.” The MDC spokesper­son could not be reached for com­ment.

Ts­van­gi­rai, 65, an­nounced last year that he had been di­ag­nosed with cancer of the colon a nd t hat he had be­gun chemo­ther­apy.

The News Day, an in­de­pen­dent daily, said Ts­van­gi­rai was air­lifted to South Africa early Friday morn­ing af­ter he fell ill.

“He was on oxy­gen and drip and had been vom­it­ing heav­ily,” the pa­per said in its re­port.

Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, 93, Ts­van­gi­rai’s ri­val for over a decade, reg­u­larly flies to Sin­ga­pore, re­port­edly for med­i­cal rea­sons. Most de­tails about his health have never been con­firmed.

Ts­van­gi­rai’s party has been riven by di­vi­sions since he struck a trou­bled four-year pow­er­shar­ing deal with Mu­gabe af­ter vi­o­lent and dis­puted elec­tions in 2008.

Zimbabwe’s op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter, Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai.

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