Mugabe back, flies out same day

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe returned home from a medical check-up in Singapore yesterday but within hours, he was on a plane to South Africa to attend today’s swearing-in of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Mugabe spent more than a week in the south-eastern Asian state, leading to renewed questions about the health of the 90-year-old leader who has no obvious successor.

Africa’s oldest and one of the longest serving leaders — who denies he has prostate cancer or any other illness — was in Singapore for “another routine” eye check-up, his spokesperson said.

Mugabe had a cataract operation in Singapore on the eve of his 90th birthday in February and his visits to the southeastern Asian state have become more frequent over the last couple of years amid doubts about his health.

Rumours he has prostate cancer have swirled since June 2008, when a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks said he had the disease and it had spread to other organs.

On Tuesday, Britain’s Channel 4 News released a short video of Mugabe entering Singapore’s Gleneagles Hospital with his wife Grace and security aides.

His spokesperson George Charamba said he had not spoken with or seen Mugabe since his arrival back home in the early hours of yesterday.

But Charamba said the Zimbabwe leader was due to travel to South Africa to attend the swearing-in of Zuma.

Zimbabweans fear instability if Mugabe dies in office without resolving a succession battle raging in his Zanu PF party, which has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980.

Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are seen as the front-runners, but Mugabe recently confirmed the contest was also open to other Zanu PF leaders.

Comments (4)

VASCO DA MUGABE AT 90. HAS NEVER KNOWN THE WORD DELIGATE AT 90 YRS. A CRAZY OLD MAN WHAT AN EMBARRASSING MAN.MISSING WITH THIRD GENERATION PRESIDENTS WITH ONE EYE CLOSED SE KONDO.

mabhodyo - 24 May 2014

No doubt the man is very very sick watching him on tv arriving at union building he could hardly walk freely . He is very sick I doubt if ever heard what was being said at the gathering what an embarassing sight tsara tsara tsara hey!!!!!!

Diibulaanyika - 24 May 2014

Worse than Stalin Mao Hitler. An effeminate psychiatric this mugarbage intellectually challenged gay gangsta

obey me and submit u zanoids - 25 May 2014

Bob sue Daily News!

dungas - 25 May 2014

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