Zimbabwe's ailing opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai appoints acting leader

Cheryl Sanders
February 7, 2018

Nelson Chamisa as the acting President of the party by operation of the Constitution until the President's return.

"President Morgan Tsvangirai has with effect from today, 7 February 2018, affirmed Vice President Hon".

Ailing Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday appointed one of his three deputies to take charge of the party while he undergoes cancer treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

The source said: "From the medical report that I received yesterday the situation is not looking good". He is now receiving treatment at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) in Johannesburg where doctors are doing their best to fight the cancer, which has reportedly metastasized. His absence has fuelled infighting among MDC party officials interested in succeeding him. Last month, Tsvangirai said it was time for the older generation to step back and make way for "new hands".

Tsvangirai's condition appeared to have deteriorated when he met new President Emmerson Mnangagwa in January.

"Of course I have cancer and not feeling too well but I am stable and the process is under control", Tsvangirai said in a post on twitter, adding that "I am recovering".

Tamborinyoka said the 65-year-old still hopes to lead the opposition into elections scheduled for no later than August.

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