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How Alex Magaisa foresaw his own demise and how he often got saved by Tsvangirai

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By Nkosana Dlamini

Alex Magaisa profusely penned away some captivating copy on the country’s political situation, earning himself respect and massive following on the social media space even by Zanu PF politicians.

But behind that that prolific pen was a hurting soul tormented by chronic ailment.

As is already public knowledge, the respected intellectual breathed his last at 10am in his United Kingdom base this Sunday, leaving behind, a mass of dejected followers both on line and in the physical world.

But few would have remembered how the lawyer and former advisor to late ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gave hints about his own demise as early as last year.

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In 2021, Magaisa spoke on how he felt unwell as early as 2013 and how he confided in his then boss, Tsvangirai about his situation.

“When I wrote my earlier message, I realised a lot who follow me did not understand. For many, I am a strong and healthy chap. I’m not. I try hard but it’s not easy. 2013 when the situation was serious I spoke to Mdhara Morgan and got help. I’m a member of the suffering union,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Magaisa would later post on again, “When I wish SB Moyo well, it has nothing to do with politics but everything to do with humanity. For the past five years I have lived with a chronic illness, believing in the right thing. Yet for many, Magaisa is a great man. I’m not. It’s not in my hands. I fight like all else.”

Magaisa, a close ally to Nelson Chamisa’s CCC, has been described by the opposition party as a citizen hero because of his commitment towards the full attainment of democracy in the country.

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