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Mnangagwa cuts short his leave as Chiwenga, Mohadi battle Covid-19

By Nyashadzashe Ndoro | Nehanda Politics |

President Emmerson Mnangagwa had to shorten his annual leave this week following information that his deputies, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, arrives at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, arrives at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Mnangagwa arrived in Harare after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country’s economic crisis and crackdown. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Chiwenga was supposed to be the acting president during the second half of Mnangagwa’s leave. Well placed sources however say that Mnangagwa is also battling for life after he contracted the virus and he was on 14 days self-isolating after interacting with cabinet ministers who contracted the virus.

Some of the cabinet ministers who contracted Covid-19 have by now passed on.

The Zanu PF leader Thursday presided over the burial of Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba (60) and and Zanu PF Central Committee member Morton Dizzy Paul Malianga (91) who died last week at the National Heroes Acre

Gwaradzimba succumbed to Covid-19, while Malianga (91) had been ill for some time.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe woke up to the sad news of the death of Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo who succumbed to the deadly coronavirus disease. Last year again, former Lands and Agriculture minister Perence Shiri died after contracting the virus.

As of Friday morning, Zimbabwe recorded 31,046 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 19,885 recoveries and 955 deaths.

Among those that died today was Former Education Minister and Mashonaland East Governor Aeneas Chigwedere who succumbed to Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the country is experiencing a coronavirus resurgence which started towards the end of last year’s third quarter. Nehanda Radio

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