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MDC-T: Tsvangirai Down with Flu, Resting at Home

  • Gibbs Dube

MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai says the former trade unionist is resting at home after he was diagnosed of having a bout of flu, contrary to reports that party president was hospitalized.

The MDC-T leader’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said the former prime minister “s resting at home in compliance with what his doctors ordered, contrary to media reports that he is serious ill and is detained at a hospital in Harare.

In a statement, Tamborinyoka is quoted as saying, “Zimbabweans should not panic. President Tsvangirai is in fine spirits and will be back to work soon to continue with his mission to bring positive change in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.”

He said on Sunday, his doctors said he was exhausted, a condition the medical experts attributed to overworking and they immediately ordered him to rest, which made him miss the party's Africa Day rally in Highfield.

Since then, Tamborinyoka said, Tsvangirai has been resting at his Highlands home, with intermittent visits into the city centre for observation by his doctors.

After one such visit on Tuesday, said Tamborinyoka, “the excitable press has been awash with false news that the former prime minister is seriously ill and is admitted at a city hospital. But he is recuperating at his Highlands home as we have publicly maintained since Sunday. Today, some journalists had a chat with him at home.”

The spokesman said there were no reasons to mislead the nation on Tsvangirai's state of health and “more importantly, unlike other political leaders who fly out to up-market hospitals outside the country for medical treatment, at the taxpayer's expense, president Tsvangirai has exhibited faith in local medical expertise and health facilities.”

The state-controlled media has been awash with reports that the former prime minister is seriously sick.