By Hope Sarara
VICE President Constantino Chiwenga’s wish to mourn former President Robert Mugabe has been put on ice apparently because former First Lady Grace is away in Singapore “resting.”
Highly placed sources told nEWS263zim.com that Chiwenga who flew into the country early on Saturday after almost six month in China were he was receiving medical treatment had indicated he wanted to meet Grace and pay his condolences following Mugabe’s death in September.
“Grace is currently in Singapore where she is taking a rest from the energy sapping mourning period and events following Mugabe’s death especially issues around land.
“She is being harassed on most of the land they had acquired under the land reform programme,” a close source said.
“So Chiwenga has had to postpone the meeting. The Vice President wanted to visit her on Sunday.”
Since his return Chiwenga has met President Emmerson Mnangagwa who visited him at his home soon after arrival before he was flown by helicopter to his Wedza rural home for what insiders claimed was for “family rituals” to thank his ancestors who saved his life.
Another source said Chiwenga had been affected by Mugabe’s death.
“It was hard for him. At some point he wanted to come during the funeral but he could not. Despite what happened in the end, Mugabe was his boss and he had so much respect for him. Their relationship was soiled by the G40 group,” said the source.
Chiwenga was airlifted to China early this year after his health took a hit from an unknown ailment but that close sources claimed was cancer of the oesophagus.
While President Emmerson Mnangagwa indicated he did not want to rush Chiwenga into official engagements, the Vice President seemed to have disregarded this by appearing at the tour of the US$140 million new Parliament building in Mt Hampden funded by the Chinese where he was given the honour of giving a vote of thanks ahead of his co-Vice President Kembo Mohadi.
Reports have claimed relations between Chiwenga and Mnangagwa have deteriorated since last year. The former Commander Defence Forces masterminded the November 2017 coup that toppled Mugabe with the former Zanu PF leader’s family claiming the move drove him to an early grave.