While being received at Harare International Airport on his return from South Africa, President Robert Mugabe challenged Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to clarify claims that he was poisoned during a Zanu-PF rally held in Gwanda.
In his defence, Mnangagwa said that he only said what happened to Mahofa in Victoria Falls is what happened to me to which Mugabe asked if he had done a postmortem on the late national heroine to determine if she was poisoned or not. Video footage shown by ZBC shows Mugabe pushing Mnangagwa. See video below:
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Mnangagwa made the claims on Saturday during a memorial service for the late national heroine, Shuvai Mahofa, where he implied that he was poisoned like she was during a Zanu-PF conference held in 2015 in Victoria Falls. Said Mnangagwa:
I was not around when she passed away but what happened to her in 2015 in Victoria Falls is what also happened to me in Gwanda. So on the 12th of August, I was taken to hospital. I was taken from Gwanda to Gweru and I can’t remember what followed. The following Wednesday when I regained consciousness, that is when I learnt on the passing on of Cde Mahofa.
Mphoko who was acting president in Mugabe’s absence issued a statement on Wednesday stating that Mnangagwa is lying that he was poisoned in order to destabilise the country and undermine President Robert Mugabe. Part of Mphoko’s statement reads:
It must be said that Mnangagwa’s statement that he was poisoned, when his medical doctor has authoritatively said he was not is disappointing. There’s now little doubt, if there ever was any, that there appears to be an agenda to undermine the authority of President Mugabe and to destabilise the country by using lies to fan ethnic tensions for political purposes. This must stop and do so sooner rather than later.