Ed­die will carry his Cross

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Mun­jen­jema

SE­NIOR MDC-T of­fi­cial Mr Ed­die Cross in­sists his boss, Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai, could quit pol­i­tics be­cause of ill health, adding he does not fear reprisals from those an­gry at him for speak­ing can­didly about the lead­er­ship ques­tion dog­ging the op­po­si­tion party.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to The Sun­day Mail last week, Mr Cross said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s fam­ily wanted him to give up on his thus far un­suc­cess­ful bid for the Repub­li­can Pres­i­dency and in­stead con­cen­trate on treat­ment.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was di­ag­nosed with colon cancer in 2016, and has been un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy, mainly in South Africa.

There are re­ports of in­tense jostling to take over from Mr Ts­van­gi­rai ahead of na­tional elec­tions sched­uled for 2018.

A few weeks ago Mr Cross said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was strug­gling with treat­ment and was pos­si­bly un­fit to stand in elec­tions.

Last week he re­it­er­ated his po­si­tion de­sipte the loom­ing threat of dis­ci­plinary ac­tion from the op­po­si­tion party.

Dis­clos­ing that he too was un­der­go­ing cancer treat­ment, Mr Cross said: “I still main­tain what I said. There are med­i­cal bills (to prove it). Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s health is­sues are a con­cern; we are all con­cerned . . .

“But it’s his choice at the end of the day. But if he can pull through, he will pull through. I have cancer of the prostate my­self, and that has not af­fected my politi-

cal ca­reer in any way.” Re­gard­ing pos­si­ble dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against him, Mr Cross said: “I have had no con­tact from MDC-T in the last week. I am a ser­vant of the MDC and what­ever de­ci­sion will be reached, I will com­ply with it.”

MDC-T spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu would not say what course of ac­tion was be­ing taken against Mr Cross, who is the party’s Bulawayo South Na­tional As­sem­bly rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“There are pro­cesses that we have to go through. But we will not re­veal to the me­dia what it is that we are go­ing to do. What you have heard are ru­mours, and if we start con­sid­er­ing them, we dig­nify them,” said Mr Gutu.

MDC-T sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mr Dou­glas Mwon­zora added: “Our can­di­date is Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai. There is no de­bate about that. He has not been en­cour­aged to step down by any­one.”

Last month, Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was flown to South Africa af­ter he took a turn for the worse while in Kadoma, there­after tak­ing leave from of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion party du­ties.

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