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Charamba allays ED sickness fears, says just a flu

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to have caught a cold and was “on the mend”.

This was revealed by presidential spokesperson George Charamba after a picture of the 75-year-old leader holding a packet of tablets on stage at a Zanu PF rally in Kadoma this week had gone viral on social media.

Charamba said there was nothing amiss with the President holding the tablets.

“He had a bad cold that saw him dropping off the burial of General Valerio Sibanda’s mother, Gogo Yowana Kubvoruno, where he was then represented by his deputy, General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired),” he told State media.

“There is nothing to picture home about. The Meteorological Services Department has been giving us periodic updates about the chilling weather conditions. Even the President lives under the same weather just like you and me – they are also susceptible to cold.

“The President is back in form and that is why he is back on his campaign trail.”

Mnangagwa has no known ailment to the public but is rumoured to be a regular visitor to the doctor.

He was last August flown to South African hospitals to receive some treatment over food poisoning after he was suspected to have taken ice-cream from then President Robert Mugabe’s family dairy business.

The ice-creams were being served to Zanu PF VIPs for free.

Gary Murambiwa
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