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‘VP Chiwenga tests positive for coronavirus in China’ is a false report

Zimbabwe Voice has independently verified that the Vice President is safe and went just for a routine medical check.

AN online publication reports that Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has tested positive for ravaging coronavirus while in China where he is admitted.

However, Zimbabwe Voice can exclusively reveal that the report is false.

VP Chiwenga left for China on Saturday for medical checks after he had skipped a field day event at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s farm outside Kwekwe.

The previous week, Chiwenga could not turn up at a national clean-up event in Mashonaland Central Province at the last minute. This led to speculation that he was taken ill again, and the Daily News on Monday broke the news that Chiwenga had been flows to China.

Now, an online publication, n5ti.com, reports that upon admission in China, Chiwenga contracted the coronavirus.

Zimbabwe Voice has independently verified that the Vice President is safe and went just for a routine medical check.

There have been many stories on the Vice President’s health conditions which have turned out to be fake.

Many Zimbabweans who interacted with the publication before say it churned out fake news on politicians ranging from South Africa to Cairo. Sources also told the Zimbabwe Voice that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga went to China for a routine checkup and did not take any tests for coronavirus as falsely reported.

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However, Zimbabwe’s political leaders from both the ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition MDC have a record of being not forthcoming with information about their health conditions.

Chiwenga spent four months undergoing medical treatment for suspected poisoning between July and November last year at a private medical facility in China.

He returned home just in time for the Zanu-PF Annual People’s Conference in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East province, which was held in Zimbabwe.

Before that, Chiwenga, 64, was admitted in a South African hospital last year for a constricted oesophagus. He was later transferred to India when his condition deteriorated before being airlifted to China in July for further medical tests.

His return to China last Sunday came as the Asian nation was now containing the coronavirus which surfaced there last December and became a pandemic.

When he left for China Sunday, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said VP Chiwenga had suffered from fatigue in recent days, explaining his absence from government functions.

“He was feeling a bit indisposed but he was quite cheerful when he left for China on Sunday,” Charamba said.

Zimbabwe has not reported any positive case of COVID-19, while its neighbour South Africa had at least 202 cases as of Friday mid-day. – Zimbabwe Voice

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