Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Ailing Tsvangirai appoints 40-year-old Chamisa as acting MDC-T president

Ailing Tsvangirai appoints 40-year-old Chamisa as acting MDC-T president

On Tuesday (yesterday) there were reports that Tsvangirai, who is suffering from cancer of the colon, was in a critical condition in a hospital in neighbouring South Africa.

In 2017, Tsvangirai hailed the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe, expressing hope that Zimbabwe was on a new trajectory which would include free and fair elections.

Tsvangirai led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party against former president Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF government for decades and the two formed a power-sharing government in 2008 that lasted to 2013. "He is critically ill and we should brace for the worst".

Tsvangirai spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said the MDC leader was "stable but the nation should keep on praying".

Internecine feuding over Tsvangirai's success is threatening to tear the party apart ahead of crucial general elections in which new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed a clean sweep.

Also, another co-VP, Khupe, is reportedly at loggerheads with Chamisa.

Mr Mnangagwa - known as The Crocodile - came to power in November after a military coup against 93-year-old Mugabe, the former guerrilla leader who had run Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.

AILING MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Wednesday, effectively anointed youthful Nelson Chamisa albeit for a short stint after allowing him to take charge until he (Morgan) "returns" from South Africa.

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