President sneaks out for medical review

via President sneaks out for medical review – The Zimbabwe Independent February 20, 2015 by Owen Gagare/Herbert Moyo

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who underwent a prostate cancer operation in Singapore in December last year, secretly went for a review in the Far East country last week under the guise of collecting his wife Grace, who was recovering from an operation to remove her appendix.

The hordes of Zanu PF supporters who gathered at the Harare International Airport to welcome back Grace on Sunday were shocked to see her accompanied by the veteran leader.

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba rushed to tell the media his boss “joined his wife on his way back from Dubai”.

Government sources however said Mugabe, who fell at the airport on his return from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he had taken over the rotational African Union (AU) chairmanship a fortnight ago, had in fact gone to Singapore for a review of the pre-Christmas operation.

Family sources say the veteran leader recuperated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after the operation, which contributed to his delayed homecoming.

“Does it make sense for him (Mugabe) to travel all the way to Dubai just to fetch his wife so that they come back home together? The president has medical issues of his own and had gone for a review following the operation he had while on vacation,” said a government official.

Charamba refused to shed light on the subject suggesting that such issues are a private matter between doctor and patient.

“Is the information coming from his doctor?” he asked.

“If it is coming from your source then it sheds light on your information. Who else but a doctor and his patient can shed light on such issues?”

Mugabe, who turns 91 tomorrow, is battling prostate cancer and eye problems and is widely deemed no longer fit to govern as old age and health problems take a heavy toll on him. Every year when he goes for his annual holidays in the Far East, Mugabe passes through Parkway Cancer Centre at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore which offers state of the art hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery to prostate cancer patients.

The hospital also has various facilities, including the Parkway Eye Centre where Mugabe had cataracts removed from his eyes. The centre offers the new LenSx technology, and is able to offer quick, blade-less and pain-free cataract removal.

Over the past few years Mugabe has been regularly shuttling to Singapore, suggesting serious health problems even though officially he is only said to be suffering from eye cataracts and has confirmed having a knee problem.

Those close to him say he has metastasized prostate cancer.


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    Msizeni silwelani 7 years ago

    Mugabe will not live forever. He fails to realised that God is giving him time to repent from sin. It would be sad the day he passes on for the whole country will plunge into jubilation an unprecedented scenario. He has become expensive to the tax payers to maintain.

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    Yayano 7 years ago

    Indeed there are some things Mugabe cannot defy. He can defy court orders, election results etc but when it comes to aging he simply cannot fefy it. He is aging like anybody would. As he turns 91, he must stop and review and one thing I know is that one day there will be no Mugabe. It could be in one month, one year, five years or even ten years but that day will surely come.

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      linderspool 7 years ago

      No matter how long it takes we can only hope he suffers horribly during the time. That is the least he deserves

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        Charged with committing numerous human rights abuses and running the economy of his own nation into the ground, Mugabe found himself beset with a wide range of sanctions.[50][51] In 2002, the nation was suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations due to the reckless farm seizures and blatant election tampering.[52] The following year, Zimbabwean officials voluntarily terminated its Commonwealth membership.[53]

        Following fraudulent elections in 2005, the government initiated “Operation Murambatsvina”, an effort to crack down on illegal markets and slums emerging in towns and cities, leaving a substantial section of urban poor homeless.[54] The Zimbabwean government has described the operation as an attempt to provide decent housing to the population, although authorities have yet to properly substantiate their claims.[55] On 29 March 2008, Zimbabwe held a presidential election along with a parliamentary election. The results of this election were withheld for two weeks, after which it was generally acknowledged that the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) had achieved a majority of one seat in the lower house of parliament.

        In late 2008, problems in Zimbabwe reached crisis proportions in the areas of living standards, public health (with a major cholera outbreak in December) and various basic affairs.[56] In September 2008, a power-sharing agreement was reached between Tsvangirai and President Mugabe, permitting the former to hold the office of prime minister. Due to ministerial differences between their respective political parties, the agreement was not fully implemented until 13 February 2009. By December 2010, Mugabe was threatening to completely expropriate remaining privately owned companies in Zimbabwe unless “western sanctions” were lifted.[57] A 2011 survey by Freedom House suggests that living conditions have improved since the power-sharing agreement.[58] The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs states in its 2012–2013 planning document that the “humanitarian situation has improved in Zimbabwe since 2009, but conditions remain precarious for many people”.[59]

        On 17 January 2013, the Vice-President John Nkomo died of cancer at St Anne’s Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe at the age of 78.[60] A new constitution approved in the Zimbabwean constitutional referendum, 2013 curtails presidential powers and will lead to an election to decide whether Robert Mugabe extends his three-decade rule.[61]

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    progressive zambian 7 years ago

    Dear Zimbabweans, please get rid of that Dictator !

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    Flash 7 years ago

    Leave Mugabe alone . Each one of us will die one day. To God we come to God we return .

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    myzim 7 years ago

    Haana nebasa zvese nemukadzi wake chero vakafa nhasi chaiye it would be good for the sake of suffering zim millions. They are evil people making us TRUE zimbos to suffer.shame les cants

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    You suck my blood like a leech
    You break the law and you preach
    Screw my brain till it hurts
    You’ve taken all my money
    And you want more
    Misguided old mule with your pig headed rules
    With your narrow minded cronies
    Who are fools of the first division
    Death on two legs
    You’re tearing me apart
    Death on two legs
    You’ve never had a heart of your own
    Kill joy bad guy big talking small fry
    You’re just an old barrow boy
    Have you found a new toy to replace me?
    Can you face me?
    But now you can kiss my ass goodbye
    Feel good are you satisfied?
    Do you feel like suicide?
    (i think you should)
    Is your conscience all right
    Does it plague you at night?
    Do you feel good feel good?

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    Grabmore 7 years ago

    Yes, yes, yes …. 2 month holidays and many various medical reviews for everyone…. but please can Zimbabweans ask what is happening with the economy???