Breaking news has just been recieved that General Constantino Chiwenga has passed away in China. News we have recieved is that the General passed away at 4am October 15th at his Chinese hospital. Official announcement of his death wont be announced today but in the next few days.
General Chiwenga Has Been In China Seekeing Treatment over the last few months
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been flown to China for medical treatment, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, but gave no details of the health problems that have kept Chiwenga away from work for more than two months.
The 62-year-old former general led a coup against Robert Mugabe in 2017 and was subsequently appointed one of the two deputies to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He retained that position after last year’s election.
Zimbabweans closely follow the health of Chiwenga because he is widely seen as the power behind Mnangagwa and the front-runner to succeed him. His absence from public duties has stoked speculation about the gravity of his illness, which authorities have sought to play down.
Chiwenga, who has previously received treatment in India, was in a hospital in South Africa before being taken to China, presidential spokesman George Charamba said in a statement.
“The office of the President and Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the vice president this week left for the People’s Republic of China where he is set to undergo further medical tests,” Charamba said.
After high-level discussions between Zimbabwe and China, it was agreed “to allow Chinese medical experts to join their expert counterparts from Zimbabwe, South Africa and India in attending to the vice president”, Charamba said. He did not give any details of what is wrong with Chiwenga.
China is a big investor in Zimbabwe, with its companies having interests in mining and provided funding for infrastructure, including the expansion of two power stations.
Government officials in Zimbabwe routinely seek medical help abroad while the public health system has collapsed and hospitals struggle to provide medicines to patients.
(Xinhua) -- Ailing Zimbabwean vice president Constantino Chiwenga has left South Africa for China this week to receive further medical treatment, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's spokesperson George Charamba said on Monday.
This comes after Mnangagwa said last Friday that the VP, who has not been seen in public for months, was recovering in a South African hospital.
Following last week's Presidential statement on Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's health and recovery status, the Office of the President and Cabinet said that the VP this week has left for the People's Republic of China where he is set to undergo further medical tests.
"His relocation to China, which builds on the satisfactory recovery progress he has been making, follows weekend discussions at the highest level between Government of Zimbabwe and China, at which a decision was taken to allow Chinese medical experts to join their expert counterparts from Zimbabwe, south Africa and India in attending to the vice president," said Charamba.
He said the Office of the President and Cabinet will keep the nation updated on the progress the vice president continues to make towards full recovery.
Chiwenga has been battling ill-health for months now, forcing him to be in and out of hospitals in South Africa, India and China.