The ruling Zanu PF party has given an update on the health situation of its National Political Commissar, Victor Matemadanda who fell critically ill days ago after a suspected poisoning incident.
Matemadanda was attending a special Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting in Marondera on Saturday, 14th November when his health suffered an instant knock. The meeting was also attended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga.
According an update issued via the party’s acting national spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa, Matemadanda has been attended to by doctors and is recovering well.
Said Chinamasa: “Zanu PF is informing the party membership and the generality of the public that the national political commissar, Cde Victor Matemadanda has been unwell since last Saturday.
“The sudden illness was accompanied by itchiness of eyes, sweating profusely, swelling of the body and vomiting badly, resulting in him rushing for medical attendance.”
He added that members of the public and party structures and membership will be kept informed of the situation and wished Matemadanda a quick recovery.
Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, disclosed that immediately after President 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 Matemadanda 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. I then told my aides to drive me to OK Supermarket to get 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 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. ■