Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (R) meets with the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (C) at Tsvangirai's home in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 5, 2018. (Xinhua/Wanda)
HARARE, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday he will not form a coalition government with the opposition MDC-T.
He spoke after visiting the ailing MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at his Harare residence.
Tsvangirai disclosed in 2016 that he has colon cancer and has been receiving medical treatment from South Africa.
"He is fine. He is recuperating well and he says he will soon again go back for another medical check-up in South Africa," President Mnangagwa told reporters after the closed door meeting with Tsvangirai.
The president also said there was no need to form a coalition government with Tsvangirai's MDC-T.
"We are a democratic country. People can lobby for anything but currently there is no need," he said.
The meeting was also attended by one of Tsvangirai's three deputies, Nelson Chamisa, who praised Mnangagwa's gesture.
"It is a welcome thing. It's African to care for one another and it is very Zimbabwean," Chamisa said.
The former Prime Minister shared power with former president Robert Mugabe in a coalition government between 2009 and 2013.