Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai is in hospital in South Africa.

The former articulate opposition leader and foremost critique of president Robert Gabriel Mugabe felt critically ill and was rushed to a hospital in South Africa owing to acute shortage of medical doctors as well as sophisticated medical facilities. His arrival is coincided with the call and recruitment of medical specialist from Cuba/SA owing as a result of several doctors deserting the country for fear hyper-inflation and poor government policies.  Tsvangira is the prime minister of Zimbabwe between 2009-2013.

Tsvangirai was arrested after the government alleged that he had threatened President Robert Mugabe. The Movement for Democratic Change leader had told 40,000 supporters at a rally in Harare that if Mr Mugabe did not want to step down before the next elections scheduled for 2002 “we will remove you violently.” However, Tsvangirai said that he was giving a warning to President Mugabe to consider history. “There is a long line of dictators who have refused to go peacefully – and the people have removed them violently,” he said.

The courts dismissed the charges.

On 11 March 2007 a day after his 55th birthday, Tsvangirai was arrested on his way to a prayer rally in the Harare township of Highfield.

His wife was allowed to see him in prison, after which she reported that he had been heavily tortured by police, resulting in deep gashes on his head and a badly swollen eye. The event garnered an international outcry.