Chiwenga, Moyo hospitalised in SA

Chiwenga, Moyo hospitalised in SA
Published: 15 October 2018 (263 Views)
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo are admitted at top South African hospitals where they are said to be in bad shape, the Daily News reported.

The two highly-trained former military men were the face of the November 2017 army operation that led to the dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of iron-fisted rule.

Code-named Operation Restore Legacy, the soft coup saw Mugabe's long time confidante-turned-foe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, emerge from the political Siberia to take up the high-pressure job at Munhumutapa Building.

Mnangagwa, aged 75, went on to appoint Chiwenga - who was the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) at the time of the military intervention - as one of his two vice presidents (VPs).

Moyo - who had acted as the army's spokesperson during the month-long military operation - was catapulted from the barracks to land the top post in the ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Daily News is reliably informed that while the officialdom is keeping Chiwenga and Moyo's ill-health a closely-guarded secret, the top government officials were airlifted to the neighbouring country for further treatment after their conditions deteriorated.

Deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi could neither deny nor confirm that the former military chefs were receiving medical attention in South Africa saying the matter was under the purview of the Office of the President and Cabinet.

"That is not an issue for this ministry because everything to do with the presidium, that is including the two VPs is communicated by George Charamba. He is the right person to talk about that," Mutodi said.

Zanu-PF's information tsar Simon Khaya Moyo was also non-committal, referring questions to Charamba as well.

"I know nothing about that because I haven't been informed. That information can only be obtained from the President's Office, so talk to George," Khaya Moyo said.
Charamba was not immediately available for comment as his phone went unanswered.

He also did not respond to a text message sent to his phone.

While not much is known about Moyo's illness, Chiwenga and his wife, Mary, have been battling a rare skin disease that manifests in swollen hands and feet. They have also lost their skin pigmentation.

In May, the former ZDF commander revealed that the condition started when he led a military coup against Mugabe, and that they had been to doctors who told them they could not diagnose what was afflicting them. In the end, Chiwenga said they had turned to traditional herbs recommended by a Catholic nun.

Chiwenga's wife was also unfortunate after she got injured in June this year in a bomb blast at a rally held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, described by government as an attempt on the life of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was the star attraction at the event.

On October 2, the Daily News revealed that Chiwenga abruptly left a Cabinet meeting after falling seriously under the weather with an undisclosed ailment and was rushed to a local in the capital Harare later that night.

Highly-placed government sources had confided in the paper that although Mnangagwa's second-in-command managed to attend the Zanu-PF politburo meeting a day later, his health together with that of his wife continued to deteriorate at a rate relatives felt needed attention in South Africa.

This comes at a time Zimbabweans have expressed anger at top government officials who shun local health facilities preferring top-notch foreign hospitals.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi and minister of Defence Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri sought treatment in neighbouring South Africa in June this year after they also sustained injuries following the White City Stadium bomb explosion.

Even Mugabe prefers to be treated in Singapore where he has been making frequent visits even during his reign and on taxpayers' money.

The decline of the health delivery system can be traced back to more than two decades ago.

The country's health delivery system is on the verge of total collapse with locals still dying of mediaeval diseases such as cholera following decades of underfunding and mismanagement by government.

Only recently, over 50 people lost their lives due to a cholera outbreak in Harare and some other parts of the country owing to a critical shortage of requisite medical equipment and drugs in hospitals and pharmacies around the country.

The economic meltdown that has also characterised the country in recent years has seen thousands of medical practitioners leave the country in search of greener pastures in the region and abroad.

- dailynews

Tags: Chiwenga, Moyo, SA,

You May Like These Videos


There are no comments.

Latest stories

Chivayo to start work on Gwanda solar project

by ZimLive | 23 March 2019 | 86 Views

Zimra official mauled by dogs at Chinese factory

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 75 Views

39 school kids feared dead

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 94 Views

BCC insists on forex for stands

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 61 Views

ED is not the only Mnangagwa: Jonasi

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 97 Views

Supa Mandiwanzira's passport return bid deferred

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 53 Views

Ivy Kombo back in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 58 Views

Even politicians will not divide us

by Editorial - Daily News | 23 March 2019 | 53 Views

Mnangagwa moves to checkmate his rivals

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 54 Views

Musona fit for crucial AFCON encounter

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 31 Views

NetOne moves in to restore communications services

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 52 Views

Mnangagwa returns from Angola

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 57 Views

Mwonzora checkmates Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 62 Views

When seers failed to see the Ides of March

by Bishop Lazi | 23 March 2019 | 67 Views

Zimbabwe's first black woman to get driver’s licence

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 55 Views

Zimbabwe begins regional power exports

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 52 Views

Cop steals car at police station

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 53 Views

Government starts fuel bonuses

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 42 Views

Zimbabwe marriage age of consent raised

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 35 Views

Mnangagwa is a listening President: Jenni Williams

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 28 Views

Cattle rustlers wreak havoc in Mat South

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 25 Views

Zesa to hike electricity tariffs in line with interbank rates

by newzimbabwe | 23 March 2019 | 150 Views

2 failed marriages, a broken past define Mukanya

by STaff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 208 Views

Spanking ban: Where to now?

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 122 Views

Search on for missing persons

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 154 Views

Beira-Harare fuel pipeline to reopen next month

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 119 Views

Hwende application dismissed

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 90 Views

Beitbridge modernisation to boost town's economy

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 108 Views

Govt dismisses cyclone rip-off

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 106 Views

Zanu-PF members urged to show loyalty to party

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 97 Views

Natpharm to fast-track drugs procurement

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 43 Views

Ex-Delta manager acquitted

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 92 Views

Harare resident sues council over parcelling of stands in wetlands

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 111 Views

Darikwa persuading Bonne

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 142 Views

Manager moans over US$50K adultery damages

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 94 Views

Cyclone Idiai deaths shoot to 259 in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 109 Views