AN online publication reports that Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has tested positive for ravaging coronavirus while in China where he is admitted.
VP Chiwenga left for China on Saturday for medical checks after he had skipped a field day event at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s farm outside Kwekwe.
The previous week, Chiwenga could not turn up at a national clean-up event in Mashonaland Central Province at the last minute. This led to speculation that he was taken ill again, and the Daily News on Monday broke the news that Chiwenga had been flows to China.
Now, an online publication, n5ti.com, reports that upon admission in China, Chiwenga contracted the coronavirus.
The report could not be independently verified, and there have been many stories on the Vice President’s health conditions which have turned out to be fake. However, Zimbabwe’s political leaders from both the ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition MDC have a record of being not forthcoming with information about their health conditions.
The paper quoted an unnamed Chinese official as having confirmed the latest developments on Friday.
Chiwenga spent four months undergoing medical treatment for suspected poisoning between July and November last year at a private medical facility in China.
He returned home just in time for the Zanu-PF Annual People’s Conference in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East province, which was held in Zimbabwe.
Before that, Chiwenga, 64, was admitted in a South African hospital last year for a constricted oesophagus. He was later transferred to India when his condition deteriorated before being airlifted to China in July for further medical tests.
His return to China last Sunday came as the Asian nation was now containing the coronavirus which surfaced there last December and became a pandemic.
When he left for China on Sunday, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said VP Chiwenga had suffered from fatigue in recent days, explaining his absence from government functions.