President Robert Mugabe did not want Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to disclose that he was poisoned for fear that the issue would cause problems in Zanu-PF.
A Zanu-PF insider told NewsDay that Mugabe and Mnangagwa reached an agreement that the poisoning issue would not be discussed in public and that the illness narrative would be used to conceal the issue. Said the insider:
The President did not want the opposition feasting on top Zanu PF officials attempting to kill each other for power, so (he) requested Mnangagwa to conceal the details. But then, the President probably did not put his G40 colleagues in on the deal.
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Mnangagwa then backtracked on the agreement after attacks from Mugabe and G40 members. Said the insider:
He (Mnangagwa) could not take it anymore and notified Mugabe that he would tell the truth, hence, the responses. After the fall-out with (Vice-President Phelekezela) Mphoko, Mnangagwa also threatened to make public his medical toxicology report on the assassination bid.
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