Zim VP Chiwenga airlifted to SA for emergency medical treatment – report

2019-02-04 18:01
Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President of Zimbabwe.  Photo: Reuters

Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President of Zimbabwe. Photo: Reuters

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Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has again been airlifted to a South African hospital for emergency medical treatment after his health had deteriorated over the weekend.

According to the privately owned NewsDay newspaper, sources have said that Chiwenga was taken ill after attending a brief politburo meeting and checked in at Avenues Clinic — an elite hospital in the capital Harare.

Chiwenga was later airlifted to a hospital in Cape Town after his health deteriorated over the weekend.  

Government, in October, said the VP was being treated for “exhaustion” and 1980s injuries from the war of liberation.

Chiwenga and his wife, Marry, have been showing signs of illness, with visibly swollen hands and discoloured skin patches, something he said was due to poisoning.

Chiwenga appeared agitated and angrily fidgety in recent public appearances, raising fears about his health, added the report.

Last year, Chiwenga suggested he was paying the price for removing former President Robert Mugabe, triggering speculation he might have been poisoned.

According to ZW news, an unnamed senior government source said Chiwenga’s condition has sent the government into a panic mode.

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