MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday scoffed at social media reports that he had died, describing the reports as a malicious hoax.
“I hear there are morbid malicious rumours circulating that I am dead. Well, this tweet speaks for itself that I am very much alive,” Tsvangirai said in tweet, while responding to reports, circulated on News 360 website, that he had succumbed to food poisoning.
His spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka also dismissed the reports as a hoax, saying the MDC-T leader was in good health and busy addressing campaign rallies in Matabeleland South province.
“Tsvangirai is in very good health and is alive, and currently as we speak he is addressing a provincial council meeting in Gwanda,” he said.
“False social media reports of his death do not justify that he should be dead because the problem with whoever is concocting those malicious rumours is that they wish him dead, but unfortunately for them rumours do not kill people.”He is very much alive and kicking and there are no health concerns about him to fear. Tsvangirai is fit enough to do all those meetings in different provinces and will not be deterred by the false rumours about his health.”
Tamborinyoka said on Saturday, Tsvangirai was in Mutare, where he met war veterans and traditional leaders, adding the opposition leader had responded well to chemotherapy treatment he underwent a few months ago.
Tsvangirai is currently on a countrywide tour to gather supporters’ views on the proposed coalition with other opposition parties.
Last June, Tsvangirai disclosed that he had cancer of the colon.
President Robert Mugabe and music star Oliver Mtukudzi are among other prominent people who have also fallen victim to death hoaxes.