President Mugabe is sick, jets to Singapore for treatment

Mr. Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old President of Zimbabwe is sick and has gone to Singapore for treatment or what local media say is “routine medical check-up”.

“President Mugabe on Friday left the country for Singapore for a routine medical check-up,” Africa Review quoted local media.

The paper said the veteran ruler is expected back in Zimbabwe midweek.

President Mugabe’s medical trips to the Southeast Asia city state have become more frequent in recent years. His previous visit was in May, also said to be for a “routine medical check-up”.

In 2011 and 2014 he had eye surgery in a hospital in Singapore.

President Mugabe now walks with difficulty and sometimes dozes off during meetings.

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His health has been the subject of increased speculation in recent years and authorities in March arrested two journalists over a report alleging that he was “in bad shape”

In 2016, the government had to deny that he had died abroad during his annual vacation.

President Mugabe has declined to name a successor and his ruling Zanu-PF party has been riven by factionalism for years.

Despite President Mugabe’s advanced age, the party last year endorsed him as its candidate for the 2018 General Election.

The leader is not the only African president currently abroad for treatment for an undisclosed condition.

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