General Chiwenga is reportedly in China in what is reported to be a medical visit. The General who is believed to have been a strong ally to the deposed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare for China on Sunday night just after meeting with President Mugabe.
It is the timing of his visit that has sent tongues waging that he could have skipped the country after he realised that Mugabe was determined to purge pro-Mnangagwa supporters with ZANU PF, Government and the military.
The official story is that Gen Chiwenga went for a routine medical checkup. Sources tell us that when Gen Chiwenga attended the briefing with President Mugabe on Sunday night he looked fine and in good spirits. He however did not attended the Monday morning JOC briefing as he had already left the country.
There is no date as to when the General is expected back. It is also perculiar that Robert Mugabe who usually loves to flaunt generals at his rallies did not have a single person from the security services when he attended the solidarity rally today at ZANU PF Headquarters.
There has not been any military comment about the sacking of the Vice President who is also believed to have sneaked out of the country to evade persecution.