Still Premature To Celebrate My Recovery – Tsvangirai

By Dylan Murambgi

Harare, July 16, 2016 – MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he was recovering well from his recent ailment but quickly warned it was still premature to celebrate his recovery.

The former prime minister, who revealed last month he suffered from colon cancer, returned to work on Tuesday after taking months off to attend to his health problems.

He said Friday he was recovering well but said it was premature to start celebrating his recovery as he was still on the path to recovery.

Tsvangirai, who was addressing his first press conference since he disappeared from public life few months ago to seek treatment outside, said his ailment had “shaken our country and greatly disturbed the spirits of the people of Zimbabwe”.

“I want to say today that I am recovering well and once again I want to thank everyone especially the people of this country from across the political, religious and tribal divide for standing by my side at this great moment. Indeed we are all mortal beings and sometimes our bodies get shaken by the vagaries of nature but as you can see, God is always on our side and I am on the side to full recovery.”

Tsvangirai said he still had to go through further treatment in South Africa but said he was “responding positively” to treatment.

Hundreds of his followers thronged the MDC-T headquarters in Harare on Tuesday to welcome the popular opposition politician’s return.


Howver, his ailment has excited some die-hard followers of arch rival President Robert Mugabe among them controversial Manicaland provincial affairs minister Mandy Chimene.