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President Mnangagwa Reveals How Gwanda ‘Ice Cream’ Poisoning Incident Inspired Him

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed how he was inspired after getting poisoned in 2017 at a Gwanda rally.

Reliving the poisoning incident during a meeting with businesspeople in Gwanda, President Mnangagwa said the medical treatment that saved his life after being airlifted to South Africa inspired his ‘nyika inovakwa nevene vayo’ philosophy.

He said the medical expertise he was exposed to in South Africa was eye-opening. Mnangagwa said at that moment he made a decision that Zimbabwe should have world-class medical facilities.

He said: Most of you would remember that in August 2017 I had an incident of poisoning in Gwanda and I was airlifted to Gweru. Then Vice-President Chiwenga came and picked me up, airlifting me to South Africa. In South Africa I was exposed to some expert medical attention and that is when I made a decision that this kind of medical technology should also be there in Zimbabwe. I had no idea then that they were going to fire me from the party.

Emmerson Mnangagwa added that the poisoning incident inspired him to channel resources to the creation of a medical centre in pathology and diagnostic research. He commissioned the centre on Friday. Mnangagwa said:

So, last year after putting resources together, I challenged the Midlands State University to create a state-of-the-art medical centre in pathology and diagnostic research and today I had the privilege to commission such a huge facility. It’s set to be the best medical research centre in the region

Mnangagwa added that Zimbabweans must not continue to mourn about sanctions imposed by the West and its allies. He said: So, under the Second Republic, we said ‘nyika inovakwa nevene vayo’, we must not continue to cry and mourn about the illegal sanctions that were imposed on us. We must look at what God has given us and take advantage of that. Whatever we eat we must be able to produce, whatever we wear we must be able to produce as well. – iHarare

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