- President Robert Mugabe has denied casting a spell on his vice president and poisoning him
- Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was flown to South Africa after falling ill
- Doctors say they found traces of palladium poison in his body
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has denied allegations that he cast a spell on his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and poisoning him.
The 74-year-old Mnangagwa is seen by analysts as the favorite to succeed the 93-year-old veteran leader.
Mnangagwa was flown to South Africa for treatment two weeks ago after falling ill at a rally where Mugabe was speaking.
According to reports, some top officials of the ruling ZANU-PF party believe Mnangagwa ate a poisoned ice cream provided by the first family.
Further reports indicate that doctors found palladium poison in the Vice President's body.
However, Mugabe dismissed the claims. He said: "During the armed struggle, we never had weak cadres like what we are seeing today... Now the talk of witchcraft is the order of the day."
He added: "Some are even saying the president is a witch, how many did I kill? We have travelled a long journey together and why kill today?"
Vice President Mnangagwa has returned to Zimbabwe and is reportedly recuperating.
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