Ailing Zimbabwe Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga is coming back home after more than 4 months on medical pilgrimage in South Africa and China, sources say.

An official working in the office of Vice President Chiwenga told this reporter that the General has now fully recovered and Chinese doctors are satisfied that he can resume his duties.

“The Honourable Vice President has been certified to have been fit by the Chinese medical personel and the Zimbabwean team attending him. We should be expecting him in the country in the next 14 days all things being equal. You are aware that he had to undergo extreme surgery so he has to take some rest before resuming normal duties. He has started eating solid foods and since he has been visiting the gym in China he has regained some of the strength,” the source said.

Chiwenga recently underwent a major operation to clear part of his oesophagus in September, before undergoing another operation in October.

Because of the blockage, officials told private media, Chiwenga was unable to eat, resulting in him becoming emaciated due to illness and lack of food.

He was rushed to hospital on landing where he was admitted in the intensive care unit of a state-of-the-art hospital in a high security area before being moved to a private ward, security sources said.

Officials who spoke to the media said that after intensive tests and intensive intravenous feeding, Chiwenga was deemed strong enough to undergo an initial operation to clear his oesophagus. The operation was successful, paving way for the second procedure, which was also a success.

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