Mugabe off to Singapore

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday flew to Singapore for medical check-ups, his spokesperson George Charamba confirmed.

Charamba said Mugabe, who turns 90 on Friday, will return on Saturday.

“The president has gone to Singapore,” Charamba said.

“He is going for the second eye procedure, one rekuright rakaitwa (the right eye was operated on), so he is now going for the second operation.”

Closing in on 90, Mugabe has been plagued by disease associated with old age and has on numerous occasions in the past flown to Singapore.

However, he has often returned from the “routine medical check-ups” in good health and high spirits.

Before his visit to Singapore yesterday, Mugabe, chaired a brief Cabinet meeting and then left the country in the morning.

Mugabe had cataract surgery in Singapore in January 2011 and has made several other trips to the same country.

The president returned home from Malawi on a State visit on Thursday last week. Earlier last month, he spent some days in Singapore enjoying his annual vacation.

The schedule for Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, has been hectic. On Thursday last week he returned from Lilongwe, Malawi to chair a politburo meeting that, among other issues, discussed corruption, the unfolding human disaster in Masvingo Province, and also factionalism in the party which manifested itself in the now restive province of Midlands.

A beauty pageant, football clash between the country’s eminent teams, Highlanders and Dynamos and a music gala are lined up to mark Mugabe’s 90th birthday.

Comments (17)

Why must he go outside the country whats wrong with our own hospitals. He knows that they are ruined.

Roland Rat - 18 February 2014

Again? Oh no! Please spare us this KuSingapore, kuSingapore all the time, iwe uSingapore!?

Tongogara - 18 February 2014

Mukwegurubande uyu ari kuda kunyatsoona mababie on the beuty pageant lined up for him zvisina kutswanyirira rimwe ziso! Akaplannira beauty contest zvachose!

Tiringindi - 18 February 2014

Cataract or court appearance for a Honk Kong Mansion?

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Irrrigation Matters - 18 February 2014

Ko muno hamuna zvipatara here? Deno akanotushugwa meso ese ikoko kusingapore kwacho. Fokoro mhani.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 18 February 2014

Let us pray for him and not wish him bad health. He is our leader, the bible says pray for your leaders.

think - 18 February 2014

Vamwe vanhu munobvunza zviri pachena kuratidza hudofo hwenyu its clear besides the fact tht sanctions have paralysed most of our institutions its clear again tht zimbabwe is a developing country like most african countries meaning our standards of living r stl below par . Chii chinoshamisa kuti president vaenda kunyika dzakabudirira dzinodyidzana nezimbabwe for a health check, iwe dai waiva nemari ukaita a serious health issue hantie waiendawo ikoko. Use common sense mhani

Hungwe mzet - 18 February 2014

Hungwe I doubt you very much.Sanctions did not hurt the economy(if they are there).It is coz of mismanagement &corruption.In 2009 when the mlticurrency regime was introduced the economy stabilised without any single SANCTION removed!Smith survived it.Smith was given real sanctions&he overacame it.Are we sayinging Smith was better than Mugabe?We talk about indegenisation,why cant the President be cured locally to promote local medical players.You steal diamonds money &you blame sanctions,you employ ghost workers,you misuse tenders&you blame sanctions.Grow up.

chikata - 18 February 2014

When Mandela got ill they drove him to the hospital around the corner. They were proud of that. It's because they don't run down their institutions vachiitira kuzoenda kumanextdoor. Kana uri baba vanoti kana voda zvinonaka vonokwata kumanextdoor vana vachifa nenzara...kubva hwubaba hwacho ma1

Tozvireva - 18 February 2014

Hungwe, for you own information Singapore is also a developing country but better managed. They dont have a geriatric for a president, but real, active and alert leaders.

not fooled - 18 February 2014

He is going to fight for that house and this operation is just a ruse.

Maita Manyuka - 19 February 2014

may our Lord bless our president an bless him with a better heart to the nation it seems mukuru uyu anoziva kuti akauraya health system yemuzimbabwe thats why achienda kune vakarongeka coz iye akazvitadza

mch - 19 February 2014

What is so special about an eye cataract operation? Our very own doctor Guramatunhu can do it hear withour spending huge sums of money to fly to Singapore when the nation is bleeding like this. Shame guys

apostle - 19 February 2014

Why go to Singapore for eye procedures? Do you think the likes of Dr Solomon Guramatunhu cannot carry out the procedure right and save the nation some money? Surely the mentality that 'when its foreign its better' rules the president onthis and any other matter. Look at how he finances students to foreign universities when NUST has no library on campus, student hostels lay incomplete for yours. His sense of priority is twisted. If we saved that money and send it to Tokwe-Mukosi victims it would go a long way.

Rook - 19 February 2014

ZANU PF yakashata ndinoda kukuwudzayi hama dzangu harahwa iyi irikuda kusiya yanyatsowondonga nyika yedu takasvinura.Wake up mhani maZimbos and fight manipulation leaders.At 90yrs ndiyani anenge achada kuenda kuoffice kunoronga kuponda nyika seharahwa yenyu ine utsinye nomutupo wakashata kudaro sechibereko chechembere nxaaah vuka zim vuka asijiki

chindori chininga - 19 February 2014

rufu harutizvi wi a waitin so much fo hiz rufu

gakachu - 19 February 2014

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