Mystery surrounds what happened to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front youth rally at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda yesterday.
Some reports say he was rushed off to hospital after suspected food poisoning while the State media, which was accused of being biased towards him, was totally silent about the incident though it covered President Robert Mugabe’s address live.
Mnangagwa is reported to have left abruptly 45 minutes into Mugabe’s address.
The Standard reports that there was tension at the rally with senior officials not even greeting each other.
It says Mnangagwa was rushed to a private hospital in Gweru but party spokesman Simon Khaya-Moyo said he did not know what had happened to Mnangagwa.
Unconfirmed reports say Mnangagwa had been released from Gweru and was now at his home in Kwekwe while others say he is in Harare.
Mnangagwa is one of the potential successors of Mugabe but he is under constant attack from the Young Turks called G40 and the First Lady, Grace Mugabe.
The First Lady did not attend the rally. She was reportedly in South Africa for a medical examination of her leg which was injured in a freak accident at Harare airport.