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Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai has cancer of the colon

By on June 28, 2016

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader and President Robert Mugabe’s chief rival for the last 17 years said on Tuesdayhe has been diagnosed with cancer of the colon and is undergoing treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday disclosed that he has cancer of the colon but vowed to beat it.
The 64-year-old, who served as prime minister from 2009 to 2013, said the diagnosis was made last month at a hospital in South Africa.

Mugabe routinely denies local media reports that he is suffering from prostate cancer and says his frequent trips to Singapore are for routine medical checks.

“As a leader and a public figure, I have taken a decision to make public my condition,” Tsvangirai said, adding that he had an operation last month and is on chemotherapy treatment.

Tsvangirai, who lost the 2013 presidential vote against Mugabe, has since 1999 led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) but the party has, however, been weakened by splits over how to confront Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.

The MDC chief, a three time loser to Mugabe, said although his condition was unfortunate, he intended to confront “this development with the determination to overcome it.”

Tsvangirai’s MDC party has been riven by divisions since his troubled four-year power-sharing deal with bitter rival Mugabe after violent and disputed elections in 2008.

The turmoil within the MDC has been a boost for Mugabe, whose ZANU-PF party has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980 amid charges of rigging recent elections.

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