We are getting reports that there has been an alleged assassination attempt on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Gwanda, Zimbabwe today after he started complaining of massive chest pains, while sitting at the high table, shortly after having a meal with high-level level government delegates.
Although it is not clear what type of food he ate, a close ally of the Vice President told Africa Cradle 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 with Africa Cradle 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 air force helicopter take him to Claybank Hospital in Gweru.
“He is fine. He walked from the helicopter into the hospital,” another source told us.
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.