FOREIGN Affairs Minister Sibusiso B Moyo’s health has reportedly deteriorated, with reports indicating that he is now unable to speak.
The disclosure comes hard on the heels of an announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that former leader, Robert Mugabe, is now wheelchair-bound in Singapore, where he is receiving specialist healthcare and treatment.
According to ministry of health officials aware of SB Moyo’s kidney ailment related condition, the minister is said to have lost weight and can now barely speak, due to rapid deterioration of his well-being, Spotlight reported.
Moyo is popularly known for announcing the Zimbabwe military coup against Mugabe on national television in November 2017, and was rewarded by Mnangagwa with his influential cabinet post, to manage the country’s International relations and foreign policy.
“The situation has taken a turn for the worse,” said a doctor working for the ministry. “I cannot disclose fine details about the minister’s ailment, but it is true that he is unable to speak at the moment. He is however not in a comma as some have been speculating.”
Moyo who is thought to be a close ally of Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga, in government, has not attended to government business since September and has had to undergo undisclosed surgeries and a recent review in South Africa.
Last month Mnangagwa’s spokeman, George Charamba, confirmed Moyo had undergone two medical operations at a local hospital, before flying out for a brief review in South Africa.
“I also want to correct the impression that was in the market that Lt General SB Moyo was in South Africa,” said Charamba to the media. “In fact, he was treated at a local hospital and only travelled to South Africa for a review. It is understood that he had two operations meant to remove some growth in the stomach.”
There have been concerns in recent times over the effectiveness of government day to day operations, as senior figures especially in the presidium, including Mnangagwa have been receiving medical treatment at elite hospitals in South Africa.
VP Chiwenga and his counterpart Mohadi, have both visited South Africa for medical treatment this year.
Chiwenga was in October airlifted to a Johannesburg hospital, where he received medical attention for a mysterious illness.
Mohadi on the other hand has been in and out of South African hospitals since early this year, with rumours at one time that he had passed on refuted by Mnangagwa in May.