'Mugabe not seriously ill'

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.

Comments (10)

It's sad to see the old man being a prisoner of power, even though I personally do not like Mugabe, I feel sorry for him because he should be resting now. He is too old to be president of a country.

misty - 14 January 2016

Uuuuuuuum ye wheel chair ndeypi iyi?

SaManyika Chaiye - 14 January 2016

every january same story. he is as fit as a fiddle. basa re kuseka mutungamiriri wenyu hamunyari here mazimba. let him rest. regai president vazorore.

taurai - 14 January 2016

Yes Mugabe is not serious ill as of now but by nature he is no longer living natural he is living artificially with medicine administered on him daily but that will never for ever his time just by corner

Diibulaanyika - 14 January 2016

Can someone donate a democratic heart for transplant and remove the bad one.

X-MAN IV - 14 January 2016

I don't think his much awaited death at the moment is as important as the so-much needed rains to avert the drought and improve on the capacity of our rivers and dams for electricity generation and other uses for which we need water.

Lost Focus - 15 January 2016

Whatever happens to this old man, he has run his race, and a good one indeed. The political world would live to remember that there was an African leader you'd not fool around very upright and clear about what he meant. We admire Cde R.G. Mugabe

The Zambian - 15 January 2016

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