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Morgan Tsvangirai discharged but is still in SA

Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party leader (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai has been discharged from the South African hospital where has been receiving treatment for the last two weeks but has still not returned to Zimbabwe, his spokesperson said.

“He was discharged last week Monday. He is now fine, he is out of danger” Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said.

65 year old Morgan Tsvangirai was airlifted to a hospital in South Africa after falling ill two weeks ago.

Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwean newspaper, NewsDay, reported that he had been vomiting heavily and had to receive oxygen and be put on a drip.

His party have not been very forthcoming regarding his illness, saying that he was undergoing a routine medical check up and would “be back home soon”.

Last year he revealed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and had begun chemotherapy.

Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader, has been incumbent Robert Mugabe’s biggest rival for more than a decade.

The two struck a four-year power-sharing deal in the wake of violence that followed 2008’s disputed elections. The MDC leader won 47.9 per cent of the vote to Mugabe’s 43.2 per cent, which forced a run-off.

A spate of violence aimed against MDC supporters forced Tsvangirai to pull out before the final round of voting and agree to the power-sharing deal.