Tsvangirai speaks on Mugabe’s health

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai all but confirmed Robert Mugabe is having serious health problems when he commented on his constant trips abroad to seek specialist medical care.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

‘If somebody is sick what do you want him to do, what do you want me to do,’ said Tsvangirai in response to a barrage of questions from journalists on Mugabe’s ever increasing long haul trips to the far east.

The trips, reportedly to seek treatment for prostate cancer that has metastasized, have so far cost the taxpayers over US$20 million this year.

‘Do you want him to die when he can seek medical attention somewhere? I think these are justifiable excuses,’ the Prime Minister told journalists during his monthly media briefing on Wednesday.

Refusing to disclose Mugabe’s ailment, the MDC-T President emphasised it was the responsibility of the state to look after its leader, whose health however remains a closely guarded secret within ZANU PF circles.

‘If the President is sick he should be attended to and I think whether you like it or not, he may say look, I was sick I had to go and get attention. And who am I to question that.

‘Maybe we don’t have that kind of expertise (to treat Mugabe’s ailment). He’s certainly not suffering from malaria whose treatment you can obtain at the nearest hospital. I think there might be complications,’ Tsvangirai said.

Apart from Mugabe a number of cabinet ministers, including Deputy President John Nkomo and Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, have been sent to South Africa to seek specialist treatment.

Only Khupe has come out in the open to disclose she’s suffering from breast cancer, while there is speculation Nkomo is also struck down with cancer, together with Lands and Resettlements Minister Herbert Murerwa. He was also flown to South Africa in August for treatment and has yet to report back to work.

Former Public Service Minister Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro died in a South African hospital in August after he was flown there for urgent heart treatment. – SW Radio Africa

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