Mnangagwa poisoned, Battles 4th assassination attempt

There was an assassination attempt on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Gwanda  on Saturday, the 12th of August, after he started complaining of massive chest pains, while sitting at the high table, shortly after having a meal with other high level government delegates.

Although its not clear what type of food he ate, a close aide of the Vice President told agencies that Mnangagwa had ice cream (for dessert) from Gushungo Dairy which is owned by President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace and supplies the Alpha Omega dairy range.

However several senior aides are disputing the “ice cream version” and saying it was food served at the high table that triggered the “massive chest pains.”

One of his aides confirmed that Mnangagwa began vomiting blood and lost consciousness. He was first taken to a Gwanda Hospital for treatment but aides insist “it was clear there was no motivation to treat to him properly” and army general Constantine Chiwenga intervened by directing that an airforce helicopter take him to Claybank Hospital in Gweru.

“He is fine. He walked from the helicopter into the hospital,” another source said.

There is a suggestion he might be flown to South Africa for further treatment as a precaution.

President Mugabe and alongside dozens of Zanu PF bigwigs was at the Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda today for the so-called Presidential Youth Interface Rallies in Matabeleland South.

What we know so far

*Mnangagwa’s supporters and aides have been subject to harassment and attacks(some have been killed by rival factions) after they openly supported him to take over from Mugabe who is expected to retire soon.

*Mnangagwa began complaining of discomfort about 7 minutes after finishing his meal.

*In less than 10 minutes he was vomiting heavily.

*First taken to Gwanda Hospital

*Army General Chiwenga intervenes and directs that airforce helicopter take him to Gweru

*It is the fourth alleged assassination attempt on Mnangagwa in the last two years

More details follow