Ailing MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has ruled out any chances of him immediately retiring from the leadership of the party.
Speaking for the first time since being airlifted for medical attention in South Africa last month, Tsvangirai told journalists that he still feels fit and strong enough to continue with the leadership of the party besides his deteriorating health.
Responding to a question on information that his party members are proposing that he retires on health grounds, Tsvangirai said that no one in the party has the right to tell him if he is due for retirement or not.
“I am the only one who knows my health condition and no one in the party can decide for me if I am still fit or no longer fit to lead the party,” he said.
“When I fell ill, it’s me who spoke first about it and similarly if I can no longer lead I will say it and people will have a chance to choose another leader,” said Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai’s utterances follow similar utterances made by his long time rival President Robert Mugabe of the ruling ZANU PF who last week declared that he is sitting comfortably in leadership of his party and country despite evident ill health and old age.
Tsvangirai who is still in South Africa after being discharged from hospital during the week said that he is feeling a lot better and ready to come back home to continue with his work.
“I am a lot better and the rest has done me a lot good,” he said.
“I will be going for my review on Monday and should be leaving for home immediately after the review,” he added.
Tsvangirai has been battling with cancer of the colon for a while which has seen him going in and out of the hospital several times.
His illness has got a number of his party supporters concerned that he may not be able to withstand the gruesome campaign for the elections due in less than a year.
The supporters aided by some top leaders in the party have urged Tsvangirai to retire from the party leadership and hand over to his Deputy Nelson Chamisa.