By Paul Nyathi|Latest reports indicate that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who is undergoing treatment in India is now failing to eat.
According to online media Zimlive, two weeks ago, Chiwenga visited a hospital in South Africa where he complained that his esophagus was “dry”. He told doctors he was struggling to eat, which would account for his dramatic weight loss.
Chiwenga reportedly underwent esophageal manometry, used to measure the strength and muscle coordination of one’s esophagus when they swallow.
“It was detected that he was having motility problems, but not cancerous. He was advised to see an esophageal surgeon,” a medical source briefed on Chiwenga’s treatment told Zimlive.
Government however tried to undermine the gravity of the illness claiming that Chiwenga is recovering from a minor abdominal ailment.
“The Hon. Vice President CDN Chiwenga is recovering well from some minor abdominal ailment in Delhi, India,” Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi said on Twitter.
Over the last year, Chiwenga has been in and out of hospitals suffering from a range of ailments including – according to him and government officials – exhaustion, poisoning and a bullet lodged in his lungs from the war of independence 40 years ago.