Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Constatino Chiwenga has been flown to India for medical treatment, the government of Zimbabwe has confirmed. Sources say the Vice President is receiving medical treatment abroad due to a serious health condition.
Few days ago, the Vice President dismissed reports of being airlifted to South Africa for medical purposes.
Despite refuting earlier reports, Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi said on social media that Vice President Chiwenga was recovering well from a minor abdominal ailment in the Indian capital, Delhi.
Chiwenga, the former head of Zimbabwe’s military, played a key role in ousting former President Robert Mugabe in 2017.
Political analysts and commentators say the Vice President is widely seen as a potential successor to the current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Last week, President Mnangagwa denied rumors that there was a power struggle between he and his deputy.
Many if not all African leaders and their corrupt bureaucrats travel out of the continent for medical treatment, shopping and leisure, an act which drained billions of dollars from the continent.
According numerous researches, medical tourism from African amounts for over $2 billion annually. African leaders prefer to steal wealth and other resources from their respective nations rather ensuring that their countries have good medical facilities.
Medical tourism is the travel of people in search of medical care that is either, unavailable, unaffordable or proscribed at home healthcare systems. This is due to varying bioethical considerations for some medical procedures and technologies, high healthcare costs, and unequal accessibility to quality healthcare.