Tekere Hospitalized

Family sources said Tekere was admitted at St Anne’s Hospital in the capital. Tekere, a former Cabinet Minister and Zanu PF secretary general, has been unwell for some time now.
Family members said he deteriorated on Monday and medical doctors in the eastern border city referred him to St Anne’s, one of the best equipped medical institutions in the country.
The controversial politician is admitted in a private ward at the elite medical institution, sources at the hospital said.
His family members said he was rushed to Harare after doctors in the eastern border city referred him to St Anne’s.
“The old man has been taken to Harare and he is admitted at St Anne’s Hospital,” said a family member. “His health deteriorated on Monday and doctors here said he must go to Harare.”
Lately Tekere appear frail and has difficulties in walking. Doctors have advised him to stop taking alcoholic beverages.
“He has been advised to stop drinking beer and any other intoxicating drinks,” said the relative.
During his days as a Cabinet Minister Tekere was known to take large quantities of whisky and other intoxicating brands.
He was one of the most powerful men in both Zanu PF and in government before he fell out of favour with President Mugabe in 1988.
Tekere successfully resisted moves by the 86-year old leader to turn Zimbabwe into a one-party state. Mugabe declared, that time, he was an “apostle” of one-party politics.
Tekere was subsequently fired from Zanu PF at the insistence of President Mugabe. Tekere then formed his own political party, the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM) which contested the 1990 general elections and lost.
Tekere said the election was rigged in favour of Zanu PF.
ZUM later disintegrated amid charges Tekere was running the party in a dictatorial manner. he later announced he had quit politics to concentrate on political commentary.
He wrote a book that Zanu PF insiders said was aimed at undermining Mugabe.