Eddie Cross Says Seriously ill Tsvangirai Might Not Make It

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Eddie Cross says party leader Morgan Tsvangirai is so ill that he might not make it to next year’s elections.

Eddie Cross is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) MP for Bulawayo South
Eddie Cross is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) MP for Bulawayo South

Writing in his blog before Tsvangirai went for review yesterday Cross said, just as we expect a wave of support for our 2018 Chakachaya program, Tsvangirai is suffering from an aggressive form of colon cancer.

“He has been struggling with his treatment and the family is concerned that he might not handle the election and subsequently the responsibility of being President of a country in a deep crisis.

“After a life time of principled struggle, to have it all threatened by a disease in your body. Life can be a bastard at times,” he writes.

Results of yesterday’s review are still not known but Tsvangirai told the Voice of America that it was only after the review that he would decide what action to take next.

Tsvangirai was hospitalised on 15 September and has been out of action since.

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Cross said  if you think Tsvangirai’s situation is tough,  just think about Emmerson Mnangagwa who in the past two weeks has just recovered from being poisoned at a ZANU-PF Rally, been lambasted publicly on several occasions by the so called “First Lady” and now humiliated in public by the President – someone whom he has loyally supported all his life.

“So often in the past 50 years, Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken the heat for Mr. Mugabe, it was the Vice President as Chairman of the Joint Operations Command who gave ZANU-PF their two thirds majority in 2013 and returned Mr. Mugabe to State House for another 5-year term.

“An effective, even brilliant organizer he has held the State captive for ZANU-PF. One of the very few ZANU-PF Ministers whose hands are relatively clean of corruption he has survived in the Shark Tank – but now is under sustained and coordinated attack.

“Many will argue that those who live by the sword will die in the same way, but still it’s a tough call for a man whose whole life has been dedicated to his Party and the State President, even though he knows full well, that the President, more than any other person, is at the very center of our problems and must go or the country runs the risk of either armed conflict, a coup or simply becoming a failed State.

“And if you think that these two gentlemen have been given a tough ride by life, just think about the rest of us. We have had our entire life savings wiped out and it looks like it’s happening again, we have suffered under a Military Junta of sorts and the ravages of life under a totally corrupt regime for 37 years and it shows no signs of going unless forced.

“Where does that leave us – just depending on God for our survival and for some sense that the struggle is worth it and that we must carry on.

“My own experience is that despite all that life throws at us, if we have the right attitude and real faith in God, we will discover the wonderful truth that the rest does not matter and that God does not owe us a dime. In the end we are ‘more than conquerors’.”

Mnangagwa was yesterday stripped of the Justice portfolio he held in a cabinet reshuffle which saw Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi demoted.

While some think the worst is over for Mnangagwa, others believe Mugabe was just testing the waters. Worse is still to come.

Yet others have gone beyond caring arguing that what is happening in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front does not make sense any longer.-Insider