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Morgan Tsvangirai’s brothers open up about his health

The MDC president is receiving treatment for cancer in South Africa, and that’s got Zimbabweans talking about whether he’ll be well enough to lead the party into elections this year.

FILE: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s brothers have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement about the opposition leader’s health.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president is receiving treatment for cancer in South Africa, and that’s got Zimbabweans talking about whether he’ll be well enough to lead the party into elections this year.

In a statement, Collins and Manasa Tsvangirai say the last two years haven’t been easy.

Morgan Tsvangirai has been open about his colon cancer since he was first diagnosed in 2016, as well as his trips to South Africa for treatment.

That’s unlike former president Robert Mugabe, whose health woes were a closely guarded secret.

Renewed speculation over Tsvangirai’s health appears to have prompted the family to insist they’ll only provide updates through the acting MDC president, for now, that’s Elias Mudzuri.

A battle is raging within the MDC for control of the party should Tsvangirai decide to step down.

Mudzuri is understood to be vying for the position along with Thokozani Khupe and Nelson Chamisa, who are all party vice presidents.