Morgan Tsvangirai, a major Zimbabwe opposition leader made a shocking revelation about his health on Monday, saying he has been diagnosed of cancer of the colon.
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that begins its journey in the colon or the rectum. This type of cancer occurs when cells in the body divide uncontrollably.
In a remarkably positive spirit, the 64-year-old politician who served as prime minister from 2009 to 2013, said that the diagnosis was made last month at a hospital in South Africa and that he intends to win the battle with the disease.
“On the 8th of May, 2016, my Zimbabwean doctors referred me to South Africa where a further diagnosis revealed that I am suffering from cancer of the colon,” he said.
“This health condition is unfortunate but can be faced by anyone. I intend to confront this development with the determination to overcome it,” he said.
As part of the battle against the monstrous disease, Tsvangirai added that he had already started chemotherapy and has faith that he will live through it. After the diagnosis last month, he went for an operation last month which was successful.
“However, a diagnosis of cancer is the first of several medical procedures that include treatment through chemotherapy, which treatment I began this week.
“As a leader and public figure, I have taken a decision to make public my condition. “It is my firm belief that the health of national leaders, including politicians should not be a subject of national speculation and uncertainty.” he added.
On regular basis, President Robert Mugabe, 92, flies to Singapore, reportedly to check up on his health details of which have never been confirmed by the public.
MDC party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has been facing division issues since his troubled four-year power-sharing deal with his main rival Robert Mugabe after violent and disputed elections in 2008.
The opposition leader has often accused Mugabe and his government of rigging polls to stay in power.