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11/10/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
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EDDIE CROSS is old and senior enough in the party that he knows he has no right to comment on party leader Morgan Tsvangirai or anyone else’s health and should therefore be prepared to face the music, the MDC-T said Wednesday.

The MDC-T said it was going to punish Cross for seuggesting that Tsvangirai would not be able to stand against Zanu PF in year’s election because of ill health.

Tsvangirai is still out of the country after he was more than two weeks ago airlifted to South Africa for an emergency medical attention.

President Robert Mugabe’s strongest opponent ever to emerge since independence has not been well since last year when he was diagnosed of colon cancer.

But Cross, who is a member of parliament for Bulawayo South, on his blog whose comments went viral Tuesday, wrote that Tsvangirai was incapacitated to stand for next year’s elections.

Cross suggested that the state of Tsvangirai’s ailment would not allow him take charge of the nation an assertion he further suggested that even the former Premier’s family had also acknowledged.

Reacting to Cross’s comments after reporters had requested him to comment, MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, at a media conference held to update journalists on the on-going voter registration process in Harare, said the Bulawayo South law maker was not Tsvangirai’s doctor.

“The President is doing very well and we want to thank God for that because we are a God fearing party, Doctors treat and God heals. We are happy that he is on the rebound and he will be back very soon, and I am not even going to dignify the comments of the senior official because he was writing in his personal capacity,” Gutu told reporter at the party’s Harvest House head offices.

“I read the blog myself and as you know he has no mandate to speak on behalf of the president’s family, he is not the Presidential spokesperson and whatever he wrote I believe it was entirely his personal opinion and I speak on behalf of the party and what I am telling you is the official party position,” said Gutu.

Gutu said they were going to summon Cross to explain his suggestions.

“We obviously have internal process to deal with those issues and of course it won’t be for public. Not only is he a senior member, he is also an old man, old enough to be your father so necessary processes will be instituted,” he said.


“All of us have a duty to be disciplined and especially if we talk about matters to do with personal issues. No one has a mandate to talk about the state of anyone’s health and even doctor, unless you give him or her permission because there is the issue of confidentiality. So the necessary processes will be followed,” said Gutu.



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