President Mugabe announces Mnangagwa still unwell

VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa did not appear for the burial of national hero George Rutanhire and heroine Maud Muzenda who were jointly buried at the national shrine Saturday owing to ill health after his suspected poisoning a fortnight ago.

Mnangagwa, who returned from a week-long stay in South Africa after seeking treatment, also did not appear at the burial of Zanu PF Gutu Senator Shuvai Mahofa last weekend.

Speaking to mourners at the heroes’ acre, President Robert Mugabe said VP Mnangagwa had attended the funeral service at the Staudart Hall in Mbare but opted to go back home for a rest because he has not fully recovered.

“We were with him, but he said he has not fully recovered, so he would not come with us to the heroes’ acre. Doctors say he needs not to be strained at this point so he has gone home to rest,” President Mugabe said.

Mnangagwa’s suspected poisoning has resulted in speculation that the so-called ‘Lacoste faction’ leader was allegedly poisoned by the First Family after he had eaten ice-cream from Gushungo Dairy on his way to Gwanda.

As the poisoning saga rages on, businessman Energy Mutodi who is Mnangagwa’s ally, Friday wrote a statement in which he alleged Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa were behind the poisoning of the Vice President.

He also alleged that the food eaten by the VP was brought by Sydney Sekeramayi from home.

The latest details on the poisoning saga, however, are in contrast with unsubstantiated claims that the VP had been poisoned from some ice-cream served at the rally from Gushungo Dairy.

According to Mutodi, “the false rumours could have emanated from the poisoning syndicate that sought to conceal evidence for their criminal actions.”

Efforts to contact the two ministers on the allegations were fruitless Saturday.