MDC's Tsvangirai still in SA after operation

2016-05-26 13:08
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai speaks during a lunch at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. (AP )

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai speaks during a lunch at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. (AP )

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Johannesburg – Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly still in South Africa after undergoing an operation. 

According to NewsDay, Tsvangirai told his supporters that he would return to Zimbabwe "soon".

The former prime minister was admitted at a Pretoria/Johannesburg  hospital about a week ago. However, it remained unclear what he was admitted for.

In allaying fears of him not being well, Tsvangirai urged people not to worry much about him, saying they should instead forge ahead in making Zimbabwe better as it was in a very "perilous state".

"It is the country that we all love that needs urgent healing. It is our country that must be the biggest worry for all of us, not only for our personal sake, but for the sake of the legacy we must leave behind for future generations," Tsvangirai was quoted saying.

According to a previous News 24 report, news that Tsvangirai, who has led the MDC since its formation in 1999, had to travel outside the country for treatment would raise some eyebrows.

The opposition has been critical of President Robert Mugabe and his family's insistence on seeking medical care in Singapore and Dubai.

Mugabe's daughter Bona last month chose not to have her first baby in Zimbabwe, instead travelling with her mother to Dubai.

MDC secretary Douglas Mwonzora, however, said Tsvangirai's doctor in Zimbabwe had told him to go to South Africa because "the facility in question was not available locally".

Read more on:    mdc  |  morgan ­tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  douglas mwonzora  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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