VP Chiwenga still hospitalised

Source: VP Chiwenga still hospitalised – The Standard August 25, 2019


Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga is still hospitalised in China, the government said yesterday, dismissing claims that the former military commander was back in the country.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba said Chiwenga was responding well to treatment.

“When he comes back, President Emmerson Mnangagwa will make an announcement and so we need to wait for that announcement,” he said.

“He is still in China, but he is doing amazingly well, and I spoke to him at the beginning of (last) week, he is ebullient and very sharp.

“President Mnangagwa also spoke to him last Monday and he said he is on the mend and is responding to treatment very well.”

In July, Mnangagwa told a Zanu PF meeting that Chiwenga was recovering well in South Africa and was able to do physical exercises on his own.

However, a month later, the government announced that he had been flown to China for further tests.

Earlier this year, Charamba said Chiwenga was on a “special diet” as he battled a “serious ailment”, which is causing him to develop stomach acids.

Chiwenga (61) has suffered several health setbacks since becoming VP after he led a coup that toppled former president Robert Mugabe in 2017.

They included attacks such as the lightening of his skin and swelling of hands.

He was also injured in a blast at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium, which left two security aides dead, while several other people were injured including his wife Marry and Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.


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    Ndonga 3 years ago

    I have always been impressed and fascinated with George Charamba’s clever and cunning ways with English words. This especially when he was trying to talk a way out for Mugabe after his many atrocities. Then he crossed the floor and ended up in ED’s camp. There he continued to use his golden tongue when trying to keep that new cruel dictator out of trouble.

    But I had to smile when I read his new statement that Chiwenga…is still in China, but he is doing amazingly well, and I spoke to him at the beginning of (last) week, he is ebullient and very sharp…

    Come on George who are you trying to deceive? Chiwenga has been in and out of hospitals in Zimbabwe, South Africa and now China for months and months and months and he is…doing amazingly well…

    We all know that VP Chiwenga is on his last bed…and that Charamba is simply trying to keep the army quiet until ED can find a docile army puppet with plenty of shoulder pips to replace Chiwenga with.

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    Mpopota 2 years ago

    One of the most dangerous situations in ZANU is to be regarded as a threat to the leadership. Probably earlier examples but the most obvious start was the eradication of the 25 Nhari Rebels and a long list of victime ever since. Tongagara, Nhongo etc. etc.