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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe Leaves for Singapore for Medical Checks



Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, the government said in a statement, about two months after his previous such trip to the south Asian nation.

Aged 93, Mugabe is the only leader the southern African country has known since independence in 1980, and his health is a hot topic ahead of a presidential election scheduled for next year that he is due to contest.

He flew to Singapore late on Monday.

The Ministry of Information said he was expected to return home at the weekend.

Mugabe now struggles to walk, with security aides forming a human shield around him in public, often making it difficult for reporters to film or take pictures of him.

On May 4 at a World Economic Forum Summit in South Africa, Mugabe sat slumped in his chair, wringing his hands, as he told a panel discussion in a low murmur that his country was not a “fragile state”.

Critics say his infirmities make him unfit to hold office but he continues to exercise tight control over his ZANU-PF party.

In February he said the party and Zimbabwe’s people saw no viable alternative candidate to him for 2018 elections.


Mugabe’s tenure as party leader ends in 2019, but the party in 2014 had endorsed him as its presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.



  1. EIO

    May 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Old age!!!
    I thought he said Zimbabwe is the most developed country in Africa, 2nd only to south Africa, what then is he going to do in Singapore???
    Africa my Africa!!!

  2. Marian

    May 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    After 37yrs this guy gon tell me he can’t boast of at least one state of the art hospital in his country? Our leaders are just airheads mehn.

    • BC

      May 10, 2017 at 4:39 am

      My thoughts exactly.

  3. keke driver

    May 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    You will die there don’t worry.

  4. survivor

    May 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Na wah o! Na to dey rule from graves remain for all these African rulers..

  5. MadamYe...

    May 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Well… well… well… It appears the end is near!!!

  6. Harley Robert

    May 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    This thief Mugabe is telling Zimbabweans and the world what is already obvious to any one who hasn’t drunk the Mugabe Kool Aid: that it is impossible–even for the kleptocratic rich–to get quality medical care in Zimbabwe. He, his thieving fake degree wife and their cronies should all, be locked up and then fed to crocodiles.

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