Allegations have been made against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife that she last week confiscated his passport in order to force him to resign.
The report says this is why Tsvangirai had to delay his trip to South Africa, where he is being treated for colon cancer.
Last weekend ZimEye.com reported how a chartered private jet that landed at Lanseria on Saturday afternoon was not Tsvangirai’s. Senior party sources told ZimEye Tsvangirai did not at all travel at the weekend.
Tsvangirai is reported to have allegedly resisted the pressure to sign a document.
It is said that the document would have installed Nelson Chamisa as the new party leader.
Macheka, it is claimed, was pushing for Tsvangirai to step down because she had received assurances from the military that Tsvangirai would be given his pension and other benefits for serving as prime minister in the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013 if he handed power to Chamisa.
The published report comes against a background of infighting inside the MDC which has seen Chamisa, who is the most popular among the three candidates, being labelled many names.
It is further claimed that Tsvangirai ended up surrendering his old passport to President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the visit the Head Of State made when he was promised a diplomatic passport, which was later delivered to Macheka.
But quoted by the local weekly, Standard, Tsvangirai’s son Edwin attributed the delay in the trip to a “mix-up.” Edwin said:
“Mainini Eliza had his passport. It appeared as if she had confiscated it but that was not the case. There was just a mix-up and it was resolved.”
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, also dismissed the allegations saying:
“That is nonsense. The president is in South Africa. I just spoke to him and he is alright. That is hogwash and anything else is hogwash.”