DEPUTY Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Victor Matemedanda was reportedly poisoned at the ruling party’s special Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting held in Mashonaland East province.
Matemadanda, who also is the ruling Zanu-PF national secretary for the commissariat, has revealed that he was poisoned during last week’s Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting in Marondera which was also attended by the party leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa as well as Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
The Zimbabwean newspaper reports that immediately after Mnangagwa had flown off in his military helicopter, a suspected assailant whose identity could not be established, walked over to the place where the commissar was sitting down, and released a powder which made Matemafanda instantly dizzy, confused and then eventually seriously ill.
The assailant, who Matemadanda reportedly says he cannot remember as he became instantly confused and lost memory, had pretended to be assisting the commissar, saying “there is something on your cap let me help you.”
“While they ( the assailant) were doing this, a smelly powder was released from their hands, and immediately I became dizzy,” said Matemadanda.
“The powder I inhaled disturbed me until I had to tell people I am now going to the car.
“As I sat inside the car I suddenly became very hungry and began sweating heavily. Then I told the boys I was with, let’s to go OK supermarket to buy some food.
“When we got to the supermarket I couldn’t eat and wanted to vomit. That was on Saturday, and on Sunday I spent the whole day feeling like vomiting, and feeling a certain bitter taste in the mouth; I did not suspect anything at the time.
“In the evening on Sunday, that’s when I began vomiting… in fact on Saturday I vomitted three times in the night, while in the afternoon I had vomitted two times.
“On Sunday night I spent the whole night vomiting; this happened five times.
“From the morning, I started feeling a swelling at the throat; then I said let’s go to work, but soon after that I started feeling twitching in the eyes and I began rubbing my eyes.
“My body started reacting and my face started swelling.
“I then approached a doctor who then attended to me.
” I think from the experience I once got in 2016, I then obtained the same treatment I once got back then,” he concluded.
The incident has left questions regarding who could have motives to poison Matemadanda, with suspicions the attacker could be reacting to their disappointment over their failure during the ongoing district elections, which are happening around the country.
Commenting on the developmemt, political and Zanu-PF supporter analyst Dr Masimba Mavaza only said Matemadanda “is now feeling better”.
Asked over the possibility that the man might be suffering from Covid-19, Navara said Matemadanda was tested and was found to be COVID negative.
The report could not be independently verified. ■