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While attending one of President Robert Mugabe’s youth rallies in Gandwa, in August, Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of Zimbabwe’s Vice Presidents was reported to have started vomiting and rushed to South Africa for medical attention, of which many sources and his supporters reported that he had been poisoned, and for political reasons.

However, on Wednesday 4.October, 2017, his counterpart, the second Vice President of Zimbabwe, Phelekezela Mphoko, has cleared the assumptions and said that Mr. Mnangagwa lied.

Mphoko explained that Mnangagwa must have put up this drama to raise political tensions in the country ahead of its next year’s general elections, and hence undermined the President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

“There appears to be an agenda to undermine the authority of President Mugabe and to destabilize the country by using lies,” Mphoko said in a statement. “This must stop.” He emphasized.

Mugabe, the president, has also informed that truly Mnangagwa was not really poisoned as it was stated to have happened.

It is remembered that Emmerson Mnangagwa is looked at as the most suitable successor of Mugabe and the presidential seat and on the other hand, Mphoko shows no interest in eyeing the seat.

The only strong challenger and threat that Mnangagwa has ahead of his successor ship, is Grace Mugabe, Robert Mugabe’s wife.

The first lady and the VP have never been in good terms.

In August, Grace Mugabe was reported to have informed the VPs that they would be terminated if they did not work up to the president’s satisfaction, a statement that Mnangagwa termed as an insult and was ready to resign, but stopped by the President Robert Mugabe.

Looking forward to the forth coming general elections in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s name has already been raised by the ZANU-PF party, as their sole candidate and campaigns started already.

Despite his seen as deteriorating health, Mugabe says he is still strong enough and even his doctors are amazed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporter: Shamilah Namuddu

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