VP Constantino Chiwenga is preparing to return home after a remarkable recovery at a top hospital in Beijing, where he underwent two life-saving operations.

The Zimbabwe Independent reports that the vice-president is expected back in Zimbabwe either at the end of the month or at the beginning of December. A sickly and emaciated Chiwenga was rushed to Beijing at a time many government and family members had lost hope that he would recover, prompting a scramble for his position among senior Zanu PF and government officials.

“He is now in very good shape. Remember, when he was airlifted to China he was in a terrible state and was severely emancipated. He was weighing 55 kilogrammes and could not eat, but he is now weighing about 90kgs,” an official said.

“We cannot say he is 100% fit because he is still receiving medical care in hospital. But the progress has been quite amazing.“When he went to China, he could not eat because his oesophagus was blocked, but now he is able to eat on his own. He can even eat meat now. His voice is also now sharp and loud, but when he went to China, his words were hardly audible
“If all goes well, he will be coming at the end of this month or at the beginning of December.”Chiwenga underwent two delicate operations to clear part of his oesophagus which was blocked.

“Both operations went very well and he and those around him are pleased with the Chinese medical team as well as the care and hospitality he has been receiving. Although he is in hospital, the Chinese have made sure that he is very comfortable and has everything that he needs in a very private suite. His aides are also very well-catered for,” a Beijing-based official said.

Chiwenga’s close associates say he was poisoned by his political rivals, although the vice-president has not revealed the cause of his ailment.