Zimbabwe VP returns after months of medical care in China

Agence France-Presse
The 63-year-old, who led the ousting of Robert Mugabe, has been in and out of hospital since the start of the year yet his ailment has not been disclosed

THE PAST. Then Zimbabwe's Commander Defense Forces General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga (C) speaks during a press conference at the Tongogara Barracks in 2017. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who led the ousting of Robert Mugabe, returned home Saturday, November 23, 4 months after he was airlifted to China for medical care, state media reported.

Chiwenga, 63, who is seen as a major power-broker in Zimbabwean politics, had been in and out of hospital since the start of this year.

In July, the government said he was being flown to China for “further tests” after he had been hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa.

His ailment has not been disclosed.

Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed and more than 400 doctors have been sacked in recent weeks after they stopped going to work saying their salaries – decimated by hyperinflation – were not even enough for the commute to hospitals.

Those Zimbabweans who can afford it seek treatment in South Africa or elsewhere.

Ex-president Robert Mugabe died in September in Singapore where he had been receving treatment for 5 months.

Chiwenga was welcomed back by the Chinese deputy ambassador to Harare Zhao Baogang, according to state broadcaster ZBC.

A video clip of his airport arrival shared on social media, showed no senior government official among the delegation receiving him when he stepped off a Chinese aircraft.

The then army chief led the military takeover that ended Mugabe’s 37-year rule in 2017. – Rappler.com