In July last year I wrote about a rather spiritually ignorant Hugo Chavez who said his cancer is not going to kill him. “It is not time to die” he had said at the time.
One year later, and many trips to and from Cuba, the same Hugo Chavez is right now battling for his life in Cuba. He is on a respirator, breathing through a hole pierced through his neck.
Not many days ago, our own country’s prime minister participated in a prayer vigil for the recovery of Hugo Chavez. It shows that even his regional counterparts are sensitive on the matter of his mortality and the inevitable end of every man born of a woman.
Below is an extract from Caribbean 360 which shows the critical nature of Mr Chavez’ illness and its political realities on the ground in Venezuela.
“We trust that, with the help of God, we are going to be victorious,” he said. “And that sooner rather than later, we will have our president here.”
The Venezuelan government did not say when Chávez will return home, or whether he will be ready to begin a new six-year term next month.
But Minister of Information Ernesto Villegas said the nation needs to be prepared for all eventualities.
“We trust that, with the love of millions, the Commander will respond quickly and return before January 10,” he said.
“But if not, the nation needs to be prepared to understand it,” he added. “It would be irresponsible to cover up how delicate the situation is now and will be in the days to come.”