Tsvangirai in SA for surgery

2010-02-19 08:38

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is in South Africa where he is

undergoing an undisclosed surgical procedure, his spokesperson James Maridadi

has confirmed.

Maridadi told City Press that the Prime Minister had left for South

Africa on Tuesday and was expected back to Zimbabwe on Monday.

“It is not a major operation. It just a minor surgical procedure

which is not life threatening. I am not able to give you details of the nature

of the operation as that would be violating the PM’s privacy.

"That is something

personal which we should all respect. What is important is that the operation is

minor and not life threatening,” Maridadi said.

A source within Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

party, however, said there was speculation the PM was going for a correction of

deformities caused by the severe assaults he was subjected to at the height of

his battle with President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai was nearly killed during assaults by police officers

while in detention at Highfields police station on March 11 2007 when he

attempted to address a prayer meeting which Mugabe had banned.

When he was finally released, after several days without treatment,

his head and face were swollen and bleeding.

He had scars all over the body and

sjamboks and baton scars were easily discernible in images of him that were

electronically distributed all over the world when he was brought to


Ironically, the police officer in charge of the district where

Tsvangirai was tortured, Tomsen Todd Jangara was this week removed from the

European Union’s sanction list of Mugabe’s inner circle.

City Press has established that the removal of Jangara from the

sanctions list was done through a mistaken belief that the police officer was


Jangara was promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent to that of

Assistant Commissioner soon after he oversaw the beating of Tsvangirai.

“It all began with the Financial Gazette which published last month

that I was dead. They had mistaken me with Winston Changara (Mugabe’s bodyguard)

who died and was declared a national hero.

"The Gazette, however, wrote that Tomsen Jangara had died, so the EU

people took it from there and included me among other dead people that have been

removed from sanctions,” said Jangara.

The EU list of the names of people removed from the sanctions

contains names of Zanu PF officials such as the late Joseph Msika, the late Zanu

PF politburo member Richard Hove and the late army commander Vitalis Zvinavashe

who died recently.

Tomsen Jangara’s name appears on the list.


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