Morgan Tsvangirai has colon cancer


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC-T) president Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday ended months of speculation on an ailment afflicting him when he revealed that he has colon cancer and would begin chemotherapy this week.

Tsvangirai said it was his firm belief that the health of national leaders should not be the subject of speculation.

In a statement, Tsvangirai said the cancer was diagnosed in May after which he underwent a successful operation in South Africa. Colon cancer affects the inner walls of the large intestines.

“On the 8th of May, my Zimbabwean doctors reffered me to South Africa where a further diagnosis revealed that I am suffering from cancer of the colon. Following the diagnosis last month, I underwent an operation last month that was very successful,” he said.

He added that the diagnosis was the first of several medical procedures that include treatment through chemotherapy, which treatment he will begin this week.

“As a leader and a public figure, I have taken a decision to make public my condition. It is my firm belief that the heath of national leaders, including politicians, should not be a subject of national speculation and uncertainty,” Tsvangirai said.

In May Tsvangirai was rushed to South Africa for treatment over an “disclosed ailment”.

He thanked his wife Elizabeth “for her love and caring, my family, MDC members and the broader Zimbabwean society for their prayers and support in this journey”.

“This health condition is unfortunate but can be faced by anyone. I intend to confront this development with the determination to overcome it. In the meantime, let us remain focussed in confronting the national crisis we face,” said Tsvangairai.

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