By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, June 29, 2016 – FORMER Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s sickness has united political rivals in Zimbabwe who on Tuesday took time to send get well messages to the MDC-T leader.
Tsvangirai this week revealed he was suffering from cancer of the colon.
He has been frequenting South African hospitals for treatment and had withdrawn from public life in the past few weeks.
Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru said, through her spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro, she wished Tsvangirai well.
“Dr Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru and the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party would like to join Zimbabweans in praying for former Prime Minister, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, who is recuperating after surgery. We applaud the former prime minister for coming in the open about his medical condition,” she.
The party led by the country’s former number two, said Zimbabweans should afford Tsvangirai the privacy he deserves saying the Lord should keep him.
“We believe that with all our support, prayers and care, the former PM will recover fast and resume his role as one of the leaders of our country in the shortest possible time.
“Get well soon Save. May the good Lord keep you, may his countenance shine upon you,” concluded ZIMPF.
In an interview with Khuluma Afrika People Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said they were saddened by news around Tsvangirai’s illness.
“On behalf of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and the broader democratic movement we are saddened at the news of the illness of the former Prime Minister, Tsvangirai,” he said.
“We are with him in our prayers; we pray the Lord of health looks for him in this difficult period. We are confident that he is a fighter and he will fight this disease, we are very confident he will be well and that he certainly deserves to see the new Zimbabwe,” added Mafume.
Mafume said Tsvangirai was not obliged to reveal the cause of his ailment but however praised him for his honesty.
“It is very commendable that he did so when there was no need for him to do so, as we all know illness is a private affair. What is important is that he gets treatment,” he said.
Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader Elton Mangoma also wished his former ally speedy recovery saying they needed the MDC-T leader in a new Zimbabwe.
“It is very sad. We wish him a speedy recovery. We need him to finish this fight for democracy together and usher in a just, prosperous and happy Zimbabwe for all,” he said.
ZAPU spokesperson Mjobisa Noko also commended the MDC-T leader for making his health status public knowledge saying it was good for the nation.
“It’s is very important for leaders to come up with their health status, so that the nation does not keep guessing. We wish him a speedy recovery,” said Noko.
Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC also sent a message on his twitter and Facebook account saying he wished the MDC founding leader speedy recovery.
“Just read Tsvangirai’s courageous statement on his medical condition and wish him successful treatment and speedy recovery,” Ncube said.