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27/10/2017 00:00:00
by Agencies
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OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is back in South Africa for medical attention, just two weeks after his last trip.

The former prime minister is being treated for colon cancer, raising concerns in Zimbabwe over his fitness to stand in next year’s elections.

Tsvangirai, 65, returned to Zimbabwe a fortnight ago after a month spent receiving medical treatment in South Africa; now he's back again.

A senior MDC official says Tsvangirai caught a scheduled flight to Johannesburg on Friday morning, the official said it wasn't an emergency, just a check-up.

Writing on Facebook, his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka dismissed private press reports that Tsvangirai is critically ill.

"So a man who left walking by himself, who used a public airport and a commercial flight with many other passengers is now reported to have been 'airlifted' and is 'critically ill?' God help our media.

Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago.

The MDC leader is set to stand in next year’s elections, although there have been doubts expressed both within the party and outside as to his fitness to stand the rigours of a re-election campaign.

His illness has also divided the opposition, with some senior party officials saying the former trade unionist should consider stepping down to make way for a younger and fit leader.



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