Zimbabwe opposition leader critically ill in S/African hospital

Casey Dawson
February 8, 2018

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

This intense shuffling to land the MDC-T's top job has been ignited by wide speculation party leader Morgan Tsvangirai's deteriorating health could force him to step down as it becomes apparent he may fail to recover in time to contest elections slated for mid-year.

Tsvangirai has been the main challenger to the ruling ZANU-PF party since 1999, when he formed the MDC party.

The MDC Alliance includes People's Democratic Party, led by Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube's Movement for Democratic Change, Transform Zimbabwe of Jacob Ngarivhume; Zanu Ndonga headed by Denford Masiyarira and the Multi-Racial Christian Democrats led by Mathias Guchutu. "Everyone knows that Morgan health-wise can not stand", said MDC-Alliance member Gilbert Bgwende.

His supporters are telling one another in Zimbabwe to brace themselves for information that he is "never going to get better".

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"They were not sent by the party to go there".

There are fierce fights within the MDC-T over who succeeds Mr Tsvangirai who was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.

The party's youth assembly also took a swipe at Khupe, Mudzuri and Mwonzora, describing them as elements bent on derailing the alliance.

The development comes will be a slap in the face on a faction led by Elias Mudzuri and the other led by Thokozani Khupe who had launched a barrage of attacks against Chamisa in the community. "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.

"We categorically state that we support his [Tsvangirai's] decision to appoint Nelson Chamisa to represent him as the acting leader of the alliance, even if it means acting up to the time of the Nomination Court and beyond unless advised otherwise by Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai", Chikwinya said.

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