By Daniel Chigundu
Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) leader Dr Nkosana Moyo says he is expecting to win the 2018 elections because people will dump both President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai owing to their ill health status.
President Robert Mugabe is always in and out of the country going to Singapore and Malaysia for alleged medical checkups for undisclosed diseases which some people allege could be cancer-related.
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who self-confessed that he has cancer, returned home a few weeks ago from South Africa where he had gone for alleged chemotherapy and was this week reported to be seriously ill and had been taken back to South Africa.
Speaking during “Meet the Youthiez” which is a town hall meeting platform organised by OpenParlyZW at Moto Republik, Dr Nkosana said Mugabe and Tsvangirai’s health are issues that people will consider as we look into the future.
“…the war veterans are talking to us, they are talking to us very seriously because of where the country is today and where it was in 2008 and the population as a whole is suffering and has shifted immensely and people are much more thoughtful about what options are available to them.
“You know that we put out a get well message to president Morgan Tsvangirai, realistically both President Robert Mugabe and president Morgan Tsvangirai are unwell these are things that people are going to consider as we look into the future.
“If it was in the US just on the basis of health alone they both would not qualify to run, so I am hoping that we as a population we will make our own assessment in terms of where the country is today and when it was in 2008 and what is the difference and that will be quite thoughtful in terms of how we make that choice but it is absolutely realistic,” he said.
However, Zimbabwe is not the only country in Africa to have an ailing President, for example, the current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been ill for the greater part of 2017 and has spent most of it receiving treatment in London.
Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika also received treatment abroad this year, in Barcelona and Paris respectively and both failed to disclose their health issues effectively.
In the last decade, the following African Presidents have died in office because of ill health and almost always leaving vacuum in their wake: Zambia’s Michael Sata (2014), Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi (2012), Ghana’s John Atta Mills (2012), Malawi’s Bingu wa Mutharika (2012), Guinea-Bissau’s Malam Bacai Sanhá (2012), Gabon’s Omar Bongo (2009) and Guinea’s Lansana Conté (2008).
Meanwhile, Dr Nkosana Moyo has revealed that some senior Zanu PF and MDC-T officials have been courting his party with a view to joining it.
“A lot of Zanu people and MDC people are coming to talk to us. Because of the coalition issues, very senior people in the opposition are talking to us,” he said.
Both Zanu PF and various opposition parties in the countries are currently saddled in factional fights over succession debates and coalitions issues.
By Daniel Chigundu