MDC assures public that Morgan Tsvangirai is out of danger


"He is in South Africa on account of a medical cause".

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai suffered severe vomiting after a party meeting and was airlifted to a Johannesburg hospital, a senior party source said on Saturday.

"We are monitoring the situation".

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai's spokesman, disputed what he termed "morbid media reports that he is critical and is battling for his life", insisting he had gone to South Africa for a routine medical procedure and "is in a very stable condition".

Other sources within the MDC had told the news agency Reuters the sudden illness was not related to Tsivangirai's treatment for colon cancer that started a year ago. Tsvangirai's inner circle revealed yesterday that while the MDC-T president's condition was worrisome when he made the urgent trip to South Africa on Friday after he suddenly fell ill, he is now out of danger.

UNWELL MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly more concerned about more Zimbabweans turning up for next year's elections than his own deteriorating health.

Tamborinyoka confirmed in a statement that Tsvangirai, suffering from colon cancer, was receiving treatment in the neighboring country.

The former trade union leader has often accused Mugabe and his government of rigging polls.

"In his usual light-hearted manner, President Tsvangirai said he was more worries about the country's health, urging Zimbabweans to vote wisely next year so as to deal with the multi-layered afflictions of the country's political economy". He had won the largest share of the vote during the first round of the 2008 presidential election, but rescinded his nomination before the final voting round after violent attacks against MDC supporters.