Zimbabwe's main opposition leader battles cancer

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Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's health is reported to have deteriorated rapidly.

"As of yesterday, he was said to be breathing slowly, sometimes with very long pauses between breaths", the paper said.

He has been in and out of hospital since disclosing in June 2016 that he had colon cancer.

Tamborinyoka said the 65-year-old still hopes to lead the opposition into elections scheduled for no later than August.

Some of the party's alliance members have urged Tsvangirai not to stand for elections and name a successor instead.

After Mugabe was eased out of power, new president Emmerson Mnangagwa met with the opposition leader at his residence.

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On Monday, MDC-T leaders were reportedly involved in a series of meetings with other top leaders trying to dissuade the group from travelling to South Africa to attend meetings organised by the same organisations that were previously snubbed by Tsvangirai. "Everyone knows that Morgan health-wise can not stand", said MDC-Alliance member Gilbert Bgwende.

Chamisa is embroiled in a fierce tussle for MDC-T control with co-VPs Thokozani Khuphe and Elias Mudzuri. "They know that we are the largest political party", he said.

Chidziva was not holding back: "As the youth assembly it is our duty to defend this legacy and condemn with neither fear nor favour, any element bent on rubbishing this legacy, especially those who go against the agreed party position in pursuit of agendas that do not serve the interests of the party or the generality of Zimbabweans whom we serve".

"Whatever is discussed there is not going to be binding to the MDC-T". Khupe has dissociated herself from the Alliance saying it is not being properly run.

"It is our understanding that the trio are now in Cape Town South Africa attending a Coalition Building Workshop".

"This is in light of the president's absence and that of the two other vice presidents who are both in South Africa", Tamborinyoka said.