"As you know I'm undergoing treatment. It's not a new thing. The only surprising thing is when people blow out of proportion and mistake treatment for a death sentence. It's inhuman to conclude that."

This is according to Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

He said his cancer treatment is going well, and he’s fit enough to take on President Robert Mugabe in elections next year.

The comments come after recent rumours circulated on social media that the veteran MDC leader has only months to live.

"I'm feeling fine. I’m responding well. It takes time," Tsvangirai told Studio 7, Voice of America’s Zimbabwe-focused radio programme.

Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. 

Earlier this month he was in South Africa for another round of chemotherapy.

His trip there happened to coincide with President Robert Mugabe’s latest trip to Singapore for what officials said was a "routine medical check-up".