- Morgan Tsvangirai has died after a long battle with colon cancer
- Tsvangirai was the leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party the MDC
- The MDC under Tsvangirai came close to ousting Robert Mugabe from power in 2008
The leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Morgan Tsvangirai has died after a long battle with colon cancer, Tsvangirai died in a Johannesburg hospital on Wednesday night.
Tsvangirai had been a regular patient at the hospital since his diagnosis in 2016. The MDC’s Elias Mudzuri confirmed Tsvangirai’s death.
Under Tsvangirai’s leadership, the MDC came close to ousting Robert Mugabe from power in 2008. Tsvangirai served as prime minister under Mugabe from 2009 to 2013 after narrowly losing the 2008 election, most observers still believe electoral fraud was to blame for the MDC’s loss.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Tsvangirai had been receiving treatment for the dreaded disease for the last 18-months. His treatment meant he had to travel to South Africa regularly.
Reports early in February indicated that Tsvangirai’s health had taken a turn for the worse and he was battling for his life.
Tsvangirai and Mugabe shared an uneasy working relationship and the men came to begrudgingly respect one another.
Tsvangirai’s death leaves a massive void in Zimbabwean politics.
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