POORLY MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has urged Zimbabweans not to panic over health as he moved to dismiss media reports claiming he was battling for his life in South Africa.
Tsvangirai, who is battling colon cancer, was Thursday flown to South Africa for treatment over an unrelated complaint.
The development triggered frenzied media reports about his allegedly deteriorating health and its impact on his party and the opposition alliance he is set to lead in elections due next year.
However, his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka insisted that the veteran opposition leader’s life was not in danger.
“President Morgan Tsvangirai, who flew to South Africa for a routine medical procedure, is in a very stable condition contrary to morbid media reports that he is critical and is battling for life,” Tamborinyoka said in a statement Saturday.
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“True to form, the people’s leader is more worried about the plight of Zimbabweans than his own condition.”
Tamborinyoka added: “He urged the nation not to panic about his health, saying he will be home soon to play his part in canvassing for massive participation in next year’s watershed polls.”
Tsvangirai’s ailment set social media abuzz with talk centring on his political future while some were goodwill messages for his recovery.
Among those who wished the country’s former Prime Minister well was former State Vice President Joice Mujuru’s party.
“The entirety of the National People’s Party’s leadership and its membership takes this opportunity to wish Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai; president of MDC-T, a speedy and quicker recovery as he undergoes his medical treatment,” reads a statement by NPP secretary general Gift Nyandoro.
“Our prayers are with him and the MDC-T family for we believe that together we are much stronger in rescuing Zimbabwe from the jaws of Zanu PF dictatorship and misrule.
“Get well soon Save (Tsvangirai’s totem). Our prayers are forever with you, the Tsvangirai family and the entirety of MDC-T party.”
Tsvangirai is the second top MDC-T official to battle cancer in over the past six years.
MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khuphe in 2011 had a mastectomy following a battle with breast cancer.