A news article circulating on WhatsApp alleged that Chamisa was diagnosed with colon cancer and had sent a prayer request to an Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe church group. The report reads:
Nelson Chamisa diagnosed of colon cancer
The CCC President, Advocate Nelson Chamisa was recently diagnosed of colon cancer at a private surgery in Harare….. The information was picked after Chamisa had sent a prayer request to his fellow pastors with the AFM church
On 4 June, Chamisa posted in a WhatsApp group called “The Shepherds” where he said
‘I greet you all in the name of Jesus Christ….Today my Dr announced to me that tests conducted on me tested positive to colon cancer….I know this challenging journey will be trying times that needs your prayers….l believe in the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ By his grace I will be healed.’
Responding to the news article, Fadzayi Mahere curtly dismissed it as fake. Writing on Facebook, Mahere said:
This story circulating on WhatsApp is fake news.
The issue of health is very critical for public office holders or aspirants as the constitution states that a sitting president can be removed from office for his or her “inability to perform functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.”