HARARE - Government yesterday denied rumours that President Robert Mugabe is seriously ill in Dubai, plagued by a heart ailment.
Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba denied that Mugabe was unwell.
“It is just a rumour, enjoy it. I don’t even want to talk about it, bye-bye,” Charamba told the Daily News by phone yesterday.
Social media in Zimbabwe was abuzz with speculation over the health of 91-year-old Mugabe, currently on a month-long annual vacation.
Mugabe has undergone several bouts of therapy in Asia in recent years.
Presently, there is a festering war in the strife-torn ruling Zanu PF over the frail nonagenarian’s state of health and his capacity to remain at the helm of the country.
This comes as the strongman tumbled at the Harare International Airport in February last year, stumbled in New Delhi in October at an India-Africa summit, and had to resort to a wheelchair at the 60th Asian-African Conference Commemoration that was held in Indonesia during the same month.
The hullabaloo about the well-being of Mugabe in part reflects the ugly divisions that continue to devour the ruling party, and the myriad ambitious bigwigs already thinking about life after the nonagenarian, who is increasingly showing signs of advanced age and declining health.
However, health experts say for a person who is 91, Mugabe is in remarkably good health.