Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa tests positive to Covid-19

With Zimbabwe gripped by a hunger crisis and hyperinflation, Emmerson Mnangagwa has told the international community that political and economic change will cost money. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass

HARARE – Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa is said to have tested positive coronavirus highly placed sources said last night.

A family spokesm last night said the 77 year old has now gone into treatment.

Last week, Mnangagwa was seen sitting next to Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi who has since placed him on self-quarantine after a visit to neighbouring Namibia.

The funnyman then came down with the virus on Sunday when he started sweating while watching TV at his state residence in Harare. This was after he had a tour of the complex with VP Chiwenga and his Chinese counterparts the previous day.

A highly placed source last night revealed to theZimbabwenewslive.com the president was vomiting, complained of chest pains and high temperature after having his meal. Private doctors accompanied by health Minister Obaidah Moyo where immediately called by his family.

His doctors came in around 10 pm and after an hour he was driven by ambulance accompanied by the presidential guard to Manyame Airbase where there is a VIP facility. At the recommendations of Minister Moyo he was tested for coronavirus. He is treated by private doctors, military and Chinese doctors deployed by the embassy.

Mnangagwa has underlying conditions with his nearly fatal ice cream poisoning in 2017. The source said it was a recurrence of his past medical problems.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.