Ts­van­gi­rai back in SA for med­i­cal treat­ment

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HARARE – Zim­babwe's op­po­si­tion leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai is re­port­edly back in South Africa for med­i­cal at­ten­tion, just a few weeks af­ter his last trip.

Ts­van­gi­rai an­nounced last year that he had been di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer and that he had be­gun chemo­ther­apy.

The Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) leader re­turned to Harare a few weeks ago af­ter be­ing rushed to South Africa where he spent a month re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, he was now back again.

A se­nior MDC of­fi­cial con­firmed Ts­van­gi­rai's lat­est trip, say­ing that he caught a sched­uled flight to Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day morn­ing. The of­fi­cial, how­ever, main­tained that that "it wasn't an emer­gency, just a check-up", said EWN

A re­port bye NC A said that Ts­van­gi­rai had not been seen in pub­lic since he re­turned to Zim­babwe on Oc­to­ber 13. The re­port quoted his spokesper­son Luke Tam­borinyoka as say­ing: "He (Ts­van­gi­rai) came back know­ing full well he would re­turn for a re­view and he went for the re­view as sched­uled."

Tam­borinyoka also wrote on his Face­book page on Fri­day dis­miss- ing pri­vate press re­ports that Ts­van­gi­rai was crit­i­cally ill.

Ts­van­gi­rai's ill­ness has raised con­cerns among the op­po­si­tion, with some se­nior of­fi­cials say­ing that he should con­sider step­ping down to make way for a younger and fit leader. But ac­cord­ing to NewsDay, the leader of the break­away MDC for­ma­tion, Wels­man Ncube, who re­cently formed an al­liance with Ts­van­gi­rai, main­tained that the for­mer trade union­ist was the MDC Al­liance pres­i­den­tial can­di­date de­spite bat­tling ill heath.

Ncube said that dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing the lat­ter’s health sta­tus is un­war­ranted.

"…pres­i­dent Ts­van­gi­rai re­mains our best foot for­ward. There is no doubt that we will cam­paign for him with­out hes­i­ta­tion, with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tion and un­con­di­tion­ally and will not en­gage in such a de­bate," Ncube was quoted as say­ing.

Zim­babwe's op­po­si­tion leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai.

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