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Zimbabwe Health Minister Says VP Mnangagwa Left Gwanda Vomiting

FILE: Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa praying at a Catholic Church.

Zimbabwe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was flown to South Africa in a serious condition, is reportedly recuperating well after undergoing various medical assessments in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Health Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa told VOA Studio 7 that he has been talking to the vice president and has been informed that he is recovering after falling sick while President Robert Mugabe was addressing thousands of people in Gwanda, Matabeleland South province.

Parirenyatwa confirmed that Mnangagwa was vomiting when he was airlifted from Gwanda to Gweru, Midlands province. He could not reveal the source of the vice president’s sickness though some media outlets claim that it is related to food poisoning.

These allegations have not been independently confirmed.

President Mugabe said on Monday that Mnangagwa is receiving treatment in South Africa.

The vice president is locked in a bitter fight with a group calling itself Generation 40 over the succession of the 93 year old Zimbabwean leader.

Generation 40 is said to be led by First Lady Grace Mugabe, who was out of the country when the incident occurred and has been linked to the alleged beating up of a young lady found socializing with her children at a South African hotel.

President Mugabe is expected to contest the 2018 general elections at the age of 94.

Meanwhile, Masvingo Resident Minister Shuvai Mahofa died on Monday and efforts are being made by the local Zanu PF leadership to request the ruling party Politburo to declare her a national hero.

Mahofa has been sick for some time following claims she was poisoned while attending a party function.

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