On Friday, 26 January the spokesperson of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC party, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the party’s ailing leader; Morgani Morgan Tsvangirai, is “fine, there is no need to panic at all.”
Speaking exclusively to Political Analysis South Africa, Tamborinyoka said that there is no indication as to when Tsvangirai will be out of hospital to resume his political schedule, but the party is hopeful that “by next week, he will be out and we will take our cue from him. But as things stand, all I can say is that he is stable.”
Asked about the impact of Tsvangirai’s absence on the MDC’s campaigning activities, Tamborinyoka stated that “remember that we have an alliance, we held our first MDC alliance rally in Epworth on Sunday [21 January], and we will be having our second rally this coming Sunday [28 January] in Manicaland [Province]. So the campaign trail is on the road.”
Tamborinyoka concedes, however, saying, “obviously the people want to see their leader, but they remain very enthusiastic and the support for the alliance remains massive, and the turnout is huge at the MDC alliance campaign rallies.”
Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai, announced in 2016, and since then has been oscillating between Zimbabwe and neighbouring South Africa for treatment. A situation which has led to rife speculation about his health, and future in Zimbabwean politics, as well as the proliferation of hoaxes and sensationalist headlines about the politician – ranging from his death and his seeking alternative healing methods in Germany.
According to Tamborinyoka is not in Germany, but is in Johannesburg, and “is stable.” He dismissed reports of Tsvangirai been in Germany or stopped from going to the European country, as “unfounded rumours.”
The MDC Alliance, of which Tsvangirai is a leader, is a coalition of five parties, and will be contesting the 2018 Zimbabwe Elections, scheduled for the first of half the year.