VICE President Constantino Chiwenga was this week flown to India for medical treatment amid claims that his health had deteriorated.
Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba confirmed to the Mail and Telegraph that Chiwenga was in India for medical treatment although he said it was a routine visit.
“The VP left for India for his routine health check up. Not that he was ill but he was scheduled to visit his doctor after he did so last time,” Charamba said.
“I don’t know if the situation deteriorated to a serious issue as you ask. But as government, we know that he went for a review,” said Charamba.
Chiwenga’s health has always remained a matter of speculation.
Chiwenga flew out by private jet late at night on May 18, and his plane stopped in Dubai for refuelling before landing in New Delhi just before 2PM local time on May 19.
The 62-year-old retired general who led operation restore legacy that resulted in the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe has been in and out of hospitals over the last two years.
He spent two weeks in India in February being treated for what government said was a “minor abdominal ailment”.
The exact nature of Chiwenga’s ailment is unknown, but in recent public appearances he has been seen with adhesive bandage patches on the back of his hands, which medical experts say suggests he has been receiving medication intravenously.
Chiwenga and his wife, Mary, have also been losing their skin pigmentation.