Ailing Vice President (Rtd) General Constantino Chiwenga Monday reportedly phoned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to convey his heroes’ day commemorations message through a Chinese hospital.
Addressing thousands of people who thronged the National Heroes Acre to commemorate Heroes Day Monday, Mnangagwa revealed in which he received a phone call through Chiwenga who has been battling an undisclosed ailment since last year.
“May I inform you in which This kind of morning I was telephoned by the Honourable Vice President Chiwenga in China conveying his Great wishes of This kind of heroes day to you,” Mnangagwa said.
A much healthier Chiwenga, then as Commander Defence Forces, led the coup in which toppled former strongman Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
He was almost immediately appointed Vice President by the man he installed.
However, the career soldier has watched his health take a dramatic nosedive particularly after the elections last year amid reports of internal divisions within Zanu PF with Chiwenga being projected as a possible successor to Mnangagwa.
Last week, Mnangagwa said government had made plans to fly Chiwenga’s close relatives to be by his bedside despite claiming the Vice President was on the mend.
“While the item is actually still too early within the treatment process, I am advised in which he VP’s condition remains remarkably stable, with the initial strict regimen imposed on him at the time of his admission being gradually eased to allow greater access by close family members,” Mnangagwa said then.
Chiwenga has been in along with out of the hospital along with has travelled to India, South Africa along with is actually today in China seeking medical treatment.
During the burial of his sister, Margaret Machekabuwe, in Marondera last year, Chiwenga told journalists in which the ailment in which changed the colour of his skin began during Operation Restore Legacy, the military operation in which removed Mugabe through power.
He was responding to wide claims in which he was bleaching his skin.