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VICE President Joseph Msika has been taken into hospital after collapsing at home, apparently having suffered a stroke and a blood clot in his head.

Msika, one of President Robert Mugabe's most loyal foot soldiers and a former PF-Zapu stalwart has been unwell for some time, family friends said.

Calls to Msika's home and mobile phone were unanswered last night, while his colleagues refused to confirm the 80-year-old nationalist leader had been taken ill.

"I am not the right person to confirm or deny that," Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, a close friend of the VP said by telephone from Bulawayo last night.

Efforts to get comment from the Zanu PF national chairman John Nkomo were fruitless.

However, a senior Zanu PF official confirmed to New Zimbabwe.com that Msika had been taken ill, with a suspected stroke and blood clot in the head and his condition was "grave".

Msika has not been seen in public for a long time. Two months ago, Msika cancelled an interview with Afro Sounds FM, which was followed by a security etiquette clanger by a bodyguard who -- unaware he was live on air -- said Msika had taken sleeping pills and could not talk.

The station rang Msika and he agreed to do an interview for the Zimbabwe Today programme hosted by Ezra Sibanda.

However, when Sibanda rang Msika's house, a bodyguard said the Vice President was unable to come to the phone "because he has taken some sleeping pills".

The stunning disclosure by the body guard was heard live by the station's world-wide audience.
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