JOHANNESBURG, August 16 – Contrary to state media reports in his home country suggesting his health is improving, Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is still in a critical condition in South Africa.
Mnangagwa has sought treatment in South Africa for suspected food poisoning reportedly linked to the factional battles to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
Impeccable sources where Mnangagwa is holed in at a private hospital in Johannesburg disclosed to CAJ News Africa the deputy president, who is also Minister of Justice, was in a bad shape.
“Mnangagwa is still in critical condition,” a source said in Johannesburg.
“The state media in Zimbabwe completely lied that he is recovering. There is no recovery whatsoever.”
He alleged the country’s feared Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) was behind the alleged poisoning plot.
“Through poisoning, CIO operatives were sending out a warning of what awaited him for planning a coup against Mugabe by using the military and Air Force.”
There was no immediate comment from the office of CIO Director General, Happyton Bonyongwe.
Another source said the vice president’s health scare was a true reflection of the state of affairs within the ruling ZANU (PF) party.
Divisions are rife in Mugabe’s party with factions lining up to succeed him. Mnangagwa reportedly leads a faction while Mugabe’s beleaguered wife, leads another.
“The political situation has become tense. Very soon, the economy will comatose due to cash shortages,” an impeccable source told CAJ News.
Information gathered by CAJ News Africa is that Mnangagwa had to be whisked to a private hospital in Johannesburg via Lanseria Airport when a South African company investing in Zimbabwe saw great danger in the life of the deputy president.