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State Media's Tsvangirai Illness Report Upsets MDC Officials

Movement For Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s office says it has written to the state-controlled Herald newspaper and the Zimbabwe Media Commission complaining about what it says is “mischievious, reckless and misguided yellow journalism” after the newspaper published a story alleging that Tsvangirai is seriously ill.

The paper alleged that his illness forced him to resulting in his failure to address a party rally on Sunday at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare.

Tsvangirai spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said The Herald newspaper is sensationalizing Mr. Tsvangirai’s health issues.

"We are actually taking action regarding that. We are not taking it lightly. We take great exception to that kind of reportage." says Tamborinyoka.

Tamborinyoka says Tsvangirai failed to attend the rally on the advice of his doctors who said he needed to rest.

Last week the MDC leader also failed to attend his party’s Glen View rally feeding into the speculation that he is not too well.
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