- Tsvangirai with ex-girlfriend Nosipho Shilubane of South Africa
Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai leader Morgan Tsvangirai has refuted widespread claims fuelled by president Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba that he suffers from AIDS.
After leading the recent massive demonstration to demand an end of corruption and accountability in government, Charamba commented that Tsvangirai appeared frail and could not march in step with his supporters because of health issues and insinuated the opposition leader was seriously sick with AIDS.
Tsvangirai however told the Zimbabwe Standard that he had no serious health problems and that he could not march in step with the mostly youthful party activists because his wife was wearing high heels and needed support from him.
“I think that Charamba must realise that he cannot compare me with his boss. If Mugabe is frail, it doesn’t mean that Tsvangirai is frail as well. I am healthy and I don’t have any health problems. In fact [during the march] it was my wife who was hanging onto me because she was wearing shoes which made her require some balance from me. But the long and short of it is that I don’t have any health problems,” Tsvangirai said.
Tsvangirai’s health has been the subject of speculation after his wife Elizabeth Macheka told state media journalists during one of the couple’s many bouts of separation that her marital problems emanated from the fact that her husband could not have an erection during sex. She told the Herald that she suspected he had been subjected to ‘juju’ by his late wife’s relatives who wanted him to marry another woman, who is related to the party leader’s wife Susan who died in a car crash.
The health concerns were further fuelled by reports that Tsvangirai had sex with several women known to have AIDS. A United Kingdom-based party activist who suffers from AIDS and has gone public about it, identified only as Adele, claimed that Tsvangirai forced her to have sex with him without protection even though he knew she was infected. Tsvangirai has not responded to the claims but his latest statement has come as a relief to supporters, who are weighing his chances for 2018 in an opposition field enlarged by the emergence of Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party.
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