VP Chiwenga airlifted to SA

VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly been airlifted to South Africa for treatment after his condition took a turn for the worst mid-last week, NewsDay has learnt.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga and his wife Marry

Sources privy to the goings-on said Chiwenga, the power behind the removal of former President Robert Mugabe last year and the rise to power of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was taken ill after being forced to abandon a Cabinet meeting on October 2.

The Vice-President and his wife, Marry, have been showing signs of illness with, visibly swollen hands.

“Chiwenga is in South Africa now for treatment. He was airlifted there mid-last week,” an insider said.

There were also unconfirmed reports that Marry, whose hands have also shown signs of swelling, forcing her at some point to wear gloves, was in the neighbouring country to seek medical attention.

Information deputy minister Energy Mutodi, who last month announced that Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo was unwell, refused to comment on the Chiwenga issue yesterday.

“All issues to do with the President or the Vice-Presidents’ affairs are disclosed by the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet for presidential communications, Cde George Charamba. I urge you to talk to him for comment on VP Chiwenga’s condition. He [Charamba] works very closely with the Presidium and he will be better suited to give you the state of affairs,” Mutodi said.

On Moyo, Mutodi said: “Minister Moyo is back in the country and recovering from home. He will, however, continue to see his doctors in South Africa and might visit them again this week.”

Moyo, an army general who took part in the November putsch against Mugabe, was hospitalised at an unmaned SA hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Charamba confirmed Chiwenga was in South Africa, but said the Vice-President was undergoing a “routine” check-up for “historical” health issues.

“I am not sure it’s an admission or a check-up. You will remember he and his wife were affected by the White City Stadium incident,” Charamba said.

Although Charamba could not divulge where Chiwenga was being treated, reports in South Africa indicated he was being admitted at Netcare Hospital in Woodhill, Pretoria.

Chiwenga, Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri and Marry were some of the high-profile political figures affected by an attempted assassination on Mnangagwa in June at a Zanu PF campaign rally in Bulawayo.

The grenade blast almost wiped out the entire Zanu PF presidium, while two aide de camps lost their lives.

Charamba said Chiwenga also has health issues connected to the liberation struggle.

“You also may want to know that historically, he had a bullet lodged in his lungs from the war period.

“He was shot in combat at Chiduku [West of Rusape]. The other thing is he has told me he had not taken leave in the past five years and the gruelling election we’ve just gone through. He needed to fend off fatigue. We are expecting them back sometime this week,” Charamba said.

As reports of his illness and changing skin colour swirled early this year, Chiwenga publicly revealed that he had picked up an “illness” during Operation Restore Legacy that forced Mugabe to resign last November.

“Today, we want to set the record straight on one issue, now that journalists are here. When we did our operation to normalise things in the country, I was with General [Phillip Valerio] Sibanda and many others. They are brave men, indeed.

“We also informed vaMatanga [Godwin, then Deputy Commissioner General of police, but now Commissioner General] about the plan, it was during that time that I fell ill. I had this skin disease [nhuta] that affected my whole body from beneath my feet to my back and the journalists started saying I was using skin lightening creams, but that was not the case. I was sick,” the Vice-President, a career soldier who commanded Zimbabwe’s military for almost a decade and half, said.

Chiwenga suggested he was paying the price for removing Mugabe, triggering speculation he might have been poisoned.
“I have decided to talk about it because that is what you see, but you should know that everything that happens, comes with a price,” he said.

32 Comments

  1. Comment…Those who led the coup are paying for their sins. RGM was annoited to be leader but these mere mortals thought otherwise. Pasi nejunta

    1. shunguhadziurayi mangarayi

      MUGODHOYI

    2. I think the best thing that ever happened to Zimbabwe was Chiwengwa. Don’t forget it

      1. agree..people are quick to forget

      2. I agree with you and it should not be forgotten. The man had ‘balls’!!

  2. interesting more latest news

  3. seems all our guys are sick..and that means increase in gvt expenditure.. they used to say Mugabe wastes money in his medical check ups snd now we have over five Mugabes who go for check ups every week….. seka chirema wafa… ubulima abuhlekwa… ow all these leaders are patients and leading healthy people… why caant this be viceversa

  4. Our medical tourists

  5. josphat mugadzaweta

    yah zvesimba zvaramba jena dai matora mudyandigere

  6. Our own medical tourists

  7. Dai vakafa

    1. Culturally asifiseli umuntu ukuthi efe. But god will punish you for that above statement

      1. Whatever man, whatever, I still stand by my wish. Dai vakafa!

        1. Uri muroyi

        2. Zvakaoma, who are you to give such a comment or judgement. You are not God. You never know with life. You may be the first to die. Never give such a judgement in life. Varwadziwa nei, my brother. Withdraw the statement or you never know with God. He may take you first. We are all sinners and have erred in life.

      2. God has punished us severely for a long time even without that statement

    2. You too better die why ufisiela omunye umuntu ukufa wena uzakufa uyinja

  8. Comment…Chawana mudzaku chapita mawa chirikwaiwe.

    1. Uri kuda kutaura Chewa here or Shona? Kkkkkkkkkk

  9. Zanu ndeye Mbavha, varoyi ne mhondi.

  10. Does the ailment have a name?

  11. Why can’t they use local medical facilities like all Zimbabweans. Right now when you go to a pharmacy they want $US. Our leaders health is more important than the people who ‘voted’ for them. Vanhu vese ava vachatongwa na Mwari. New dispensation, same deeds. These other countries should tell them to go back and seek treatment at home. What insensitive people we have as leaders

  12. They should be treated at home like all Zimbabweans. So we have to pay for them to get better medical attention than what they provide for their own citizens who “voted” for them. What insensitive selfish people they are. Vachatongwa na Mwari.

  13. I don’t think most Zimbabweans care what the ailment Chiwenga is suffering from when they have family members who are ill and have no access to lifesaving medication while the ruling elite use taxpayer’s money to get the best treatment. They will pay one day. And the day is near

  14. CRIMINALS

  15. we dont care about their health…let them die if they can…we care about our nation not them…let them stay sick so that they wont enjoy life…#God is fair…we have no money..they have no health

  16. Is this still NEWSworthy?

  17. Zvakaoma, who are you to give such a comment or judgement. You are not God. You never know with life. You may be the first to die. Never give such a judgement in life. Varwadziwa nei, my brother. Withdraw the statement or you never know with God. He may take you first. We are all sinners and have erred in life.

    1. l agree with you socrates, please guys let’s not judge one another. let’s give our God the room to do so.

  18. ummmmm ma 1 chaiwo

  19. Comment…Die we don’t care about u

  20. Charamba is lying about the bullet in his lungs Chiwenga shot himself in attempted suicide in 1981 after failing the officer course during the integration phase of Rhodesian army Zipra and Zanla .He was Supposed to be discharged from army but Mugabe and Nhongo intervened and even went on to promote him.

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