Zimbabwe opposition guru Morgan Tsvangirai terminally ill - Whisper Eye

Zimbabwe opposition guru Morgan Tsvangirai terminally ill

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say.

whisper eye media team quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister who is being treated for colon cancer is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning.

During his political struggle against ex-President Robert Mugabe, he has been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

Mr Tsvangirai heads Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

He has been in and out of hospital since June, receiving treatment in a Johannesburg hospital for cancer.

He returned to the hospital early last month.

Mr Tsvangirai’s health deteriorated rapidly on Monday, family sources told whisper eye media team.

He had lost appetite and had difficulty eating or swallowing fluids, the sources said. Mr Tsvangirai also reportedly had breathing problems.

Meanwhile, an MDC party source was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Mr Tsvangirai “is critically ill and we should brace for the worst”.

Mr Tsvangirai’s spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the MDC leader was “stable but the nation should keep on praying”.

The hospital where he is being treated has so far made no public comments on the issue.

Last November,Mr Tsangirai hailed the resignation of Mr Robert Mugabe   expressing hopes that Zimbabwe was on a “new trajectory” that would include free and fair elections.

He said that Mr Mugabe  who was forced to quit after ruling the country for 37 years should be allowed to “go and rest for his last days”.

Mr Tsvangirai’s illness has divided the MDC, with a number of party officials reportedly jockeying to succeed the former trade union activist.