The coronavirus has hit the Zimbabwean presidium after Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi reportedly tested positive for the deadly virus while president Emmerson Mnangagwa spent 14 days self-isolating after interacting with cabinet ministers who contracted the virus.
The development is alleged to be the reason why president Mnangagwa had to shorten his annual leave since there was no acting president.
The Independent also reports that president Mnangagwa’s confidante and business mogul, Kuda Tagwirei is also grappling with the novel virus.
Mohadi was the first to act and then disappeared from the public arena before Chiwenga emerged with reports suggesting that he was ill.
The duo missed Thursday’s double burial of Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba and Morton Malianga at the National Heroes Acre which was presided over by President Mnangagwa.
The Independent was told that Mnangagwa’s self-isolation was a precautionary measure since he felt he had been exposed to cabinet ministers who eventually tested positive for the coronavirus.
The virus has since taken a number of prominent people and government officials including the former minister of Foreign Affairs, Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo and former lands minister Perrance Shiri.
Zimbabwe is experiencing a coronavirus resurgence which started towards the end of last year’s third quarter.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent