Chiwenga has returned to China for a ‘medical review’, says Mnangagwa

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VP Chiwenga return to China

The return … Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was welcomed by China’s deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe upon return to the country in November

BULAWAYO – Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is in China for a medical review having earlier spent four months receiving treatment at a Chinese military hospital, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Sunday.

Speaking at the third annual National Thanksgiving and Dedication Service at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo, Mnangagwa said: “Our VP, Cde Chiwenga, is in China for medical review. He will be back in the country soon.”

Chiwenga is believed to have been flown out of the country on December 20 after a Dubai-registered private jet which previously flew him on medical flights to India and South Africa was allowed to take off from the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare even as a strike by air traffic controllers was preventing commercial aircraft from landing or taking off.

Chiwenga returned home on November 23 after spending four months receiving treatment in China, allegedly for suspected poisoning.

The 63-year-old former army commander who led the military coup that ousted former leader Robert Mugabe in 2017 caused his wife’s arrest following his return over claims she had tried to kill him at a South African hospital in July before his transfer to China.

Marry Mubaiwa, whose bail application has been postponed to December 31, accuses her estranged husband of fabricating criminal charges against her in order to obtain a divorce through the back door and take custody of their three minor children.

Chiwenga looked healthy and well-groomed on his return from China, a stunning improvement on his last public sighting in May when he was flown to India a second time for treatment following a substantial weight loss and constant swelling on his hands. Zimlive BYSIPHO MABUZA

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