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Zimbabwe's ailing opposition chief appoints acting leader

Zimbabwe's ailing opposition chief appoints acting leader

Morgan Tsvangirai, the president of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has become even more seriously ill in the past few days in a Johannesburg hospital, where he has been treated for several weeks.

"As of yesterday, he was said to be breathing slowly, sometimes with very long pauses between breaths", the paper said.

Tsvangirai in 2016 announced he had colon cancer, and he has come in South Africa for treatment in the past. "VP Chamisa also continues in his assigned duties as the acting chairperson of the MDC Alliance".

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.

Tsvangirai, has been the main challenger to Zanu PF since 1999 when he formed MDC.

She posted on her twitter handle: "Three consecutive MDC-T congresses have elected yours truly as deputy President to president @mrtsvangirai & other officers primarily to avoid a leadership vacuum at such an eventuality, & to shut any that may be artificially created by those with hidden agendas". We are a united party.

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

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The MDC-T war was mainly triggered by the formation of the MDC Alliance, which other top officials described as a plot to revive deadwood that, at one point, caused problems in the main opposition party.

The party's youth assembly also took a swipe at Khupe, Mudzuri and Mwonzora, describing them as elements bent on derailing the alliance.

The other vice presidents are Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri.

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

Dr Khupe suggested the catapulting of Adv Chamisa was a violation of the MDC-T constitution.

"The MDC Alliance is a lasting legacy endowed to us by the party president, and a great visionary, Dr. Morgan Richard Tsvangirai", the statement said.


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