Hopewell Chin’ono is well and is being treated like any other prisoners, according to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

ZPCS spokesperson Superintendent Meya Khanyezi said just like any other prisoner, Chin’ono will be allowed to be attended by a doctor of his choice even after he had been attended to by resident prison doctors.

“As far as we are concerned, he is well, but to our surprise, social media is awash with unconfirmed reports that he is not well. However, as the ZPCS we have allowed his personal doctor to go and see him,” she said.

The ZPCS has its team of medical personnel who include doctors and nurses. However, in respect to the rights and wishes of prisoners, a request by Chin’ono’s lawyers to have him attended by his personal doctor was granted notwithstanding that he did not exhibit any illness signs. 

Hopewell has said that he has a fever, a headache and distorted taste. He has been tested for Covid-19.