Ailing Vice President Retired General Constantino Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is coming back to Zimbabwe after more than three months on medical pilgrimage in South Africa and China.
Sources in the Office of Vice President Chiwenga who spoke to this publication told this reporter that the General has now fully recovered and the Chinese doctors are satisfied that he can resume his duties.
"The Honourable Vice President has been certified to have been fit by the Chinese medical personel and the Zimbabwean team attending him." The Source said. "We should be expecting him in the country in the next 14 days all things being equal. You are aware that he had to undergo extreme surgery so he has to take some rest before resuming normal duties. He has started eating solid foods and since he has been visiting the gym in China he has regained some of the strength."
Chiwenga recently underwent a major operation to clear part of his oesophagus September, before undergoing another operation in October.
Because of the blockage, officials told private media, Chiwenga was unable to eat, resulting in him becoming emaciated due to illness and lack of food.
He was rushed to hospital on landing where he was admitted in the intensive care unit of a state-of-the-art hospital in a high security area before being moved to a private ward, security sources said.
Officials who spoke to the media said that after intensive tests and intensive intravenous feeding, Chiwenga was deemed strong enough to undergo an initial operation to clear his oesophagus. The operation was successful, paving way for the second procedure, which was also a success.
The Ministry of health and child care was not immediately available for comments.
VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga, who was airlifted to China from South Africa in July — sparking intense jostling for his position — underwent a life-saving yet risky operation at a top Beijing hospital over the weekend amid revelations by his close associates that he could have been poisoned. Top government and security officials told the Zimbabwe Independent this week Chiwenga underwent an operation to clear part of his oesophagus which was blocked, although he remains in a stable, but critical condition.
The oesophagus is a muscular tube which connects the mouth to the stomach. When swallowing food, the walls of the oesophagus contract, enabling food to be move down to the stomach.
Because of the blockage, officials revealed, Chiwenga was unable to eat, resulting in him becoming emaciated due to illness and lack of food. He was flown to Beijing in a bad condition and was rushed to hospital on landing. Chiwenga was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of a state-of-the-art hospital in a high security area before being moved to a private ward, security sources said.
Officials said that after intensive tests and intensive intravenous feeding — getting nutrition into the body through veins — Chiwenga was deemed strong enough to undergo an initial operation to clear his oesophagus.
“He has improved a lot, but because he is still critical, the medical team had to delay the operation. The operation was done over the weekend and it was successful. He is now recovering from the procedure,” a security official said. “He is still scheduled to go undergo more operations, but this will be done after he has fully recovered from the first operation. He is still in a serious condition, but the fact that he had an operation is an indication that he is improving. He was initially too weak and vulnerable for the procedure, so it’s encouraging that it was finally done.”
Officials said by the time Chiwenga underwent the operation he was able to walk, having been bed-ridden when he was flown to China.