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'Morgan Tsvangirai is not dying'

17 September 2017

Leader of Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party Morgan Tsvangirai is admitted in a South African hospital for routine cancer treatment, his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said Saturday.

Tsvangirai - who is due to challenge President Robert Mugabe in elections next year - was stable, the source said, dismissing reports in the media that he was dangerously sick.

This after widespread media reports that he was on life support fighting for his life.

"We are monitoring the situation".

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Tsvangirai had been attending an MDC meeting Thursday evening in Kadoma around 160 km (100 miles) southwest of Harare.

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.

The MDC's Austin Moyo says Tsvangirai has already spoken to party members assuring them of his wellness. While there, he reportedly started suffering from severe vomiting.

Pindai Dube said, "It will affect the political parties negotiations, as you know Morgan Tsvangirai has been leading the MDC for about 17 years and he was chosen by these political parties to lead the alliance".

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The announcement came a month after Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen as a favourite to succeed 93-year-old Mugabe, was rushed to South Africa for emergency medical care.

Tsvangirai shared power with Mugabe between 2009 and 2013 before losing disputed elections.

But Tsvangirai pulled out before the final round of voting after a spate of violence against his supporters.

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'Morgan Tsvangirai is not dying'