Morgan Tsvangirai's health has deteriorated rapidly

Pauline Gross
February 8, 2018

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should "brace for the worst", a party source with knowledge of his condition said on Tuesday.

The basis of the push, we are told, is that of the three deputies, Dr Khupe is the only one who was elected at a party congress placing her ahead of the other two in terms of legitimacy.

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.

The talks were reportedly organised by former Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, ex-Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and former Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao to form a broad coalition to challenge Zanu PF presidential candidate President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Tsvangirai has been the main challenger to the ruling ZANU-PF party since 1999, when he formed the MDC party. "This made many uncomfortable and, as a result, the MDC Alliance discouraged its members from attending", the source said.

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MDC-T youth assembly leader Happymore Chidziva, Wednesday, demanded a national executive meeting to deal with the "state of the party". His absence has fuelled infighting among MDC party officials interested in succeeding him.

The MDC leader is receiving treatment for colon cancer at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. We are a united party.

"It is our understanding that the trio are now in Cape Town South Africa attending a Coalition Building Workshop".

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

There is chaos in the party as Chamisa and the two other vice presidents Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri are fighting over the control of the party and the MDC Alliance.

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