#mugabe back home after ‘routine’ eye check-up

via Mugabe back home after ‘routine’ eye check-up | News24 2014-05-23

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe returned home from a medical check-up in Singapore on Friday after a week in the south-eastern Asian state, leading to renewed questions about the health of the 90-year old leader who has no obvious successor.

Africa’s oldest and longest serving leader – who denies he has prostate cancer or any other illness – was in Singapore for a “another routine” eye check-up, his spokesperson said.

Mugabe had a cataract operation in Singapore on the eve of his 90th birthday in February and his visits to the southeastern Asian state have become more frequent over the last couple of years amid doubts about his health.

Rumours he has prostate cancer have swirled since June 2008, when a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks said he had the disease and it had spread to other organs.

Succession battle 

On Tuesday, Britain’s Channel 4 News released a short video of Mugabe entering Singapore’s Gleneagles Hospital with his wife Grace and security aides.

His spokesperson George Charamba said he had not spoken with or seen Mugabe since his arrival back home in the early hours of Friday.

But Charamba said the Zimbabwe leader was due to travel to South Africa to attend the swearing-in of President Jacob Zuma on Saturday.

Zimbabweans fear instability if Mugabe dies in office without resolving a succession battle raging in his Zanu-PF party, which has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980.

Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice MinisterEmmerson Mnangagwa are seen as the front-runners, but Mugabe recently confirmed the contest was also open to other Zanu-PF leaders.

– Reuters



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    Malcolm 8 years ago

    Gives the ‘Look East’ policy a new dimension.

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    Charles Chamunorwa 8 years ago

    $500 000.00 per diem for Singapore last week another $500 000.00 today for South Africa-Mugabe is lucky.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Zimbabweans fear nothing if Mugabe dies. We can’t wait.

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      Straight Shooter 8 years ago

      I as a black Rhodesian Mthwakazi want him dead like yesterday!!

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    Headline should read ‘Mugabe makes whistle stop visit to Zimbabwe before jetting off to South Africa’

    Because I don’t know why he didn’t just go directly from Singapore to South Africa. In fact I don’t know why he should just not become a citizen of Singapore. Certainly won’t be missed.

    And please stop with this ‘routine eye check’ even a toddler knows its a blatant lie.

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    Madlanduna 8 years ago

    Thus true Lucy actually we had peace in our minds when he was away, even if he can leave his Presidency today and die next year I will celebrate to the fullest.

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    I was starting to think that he might die in Singapore

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    Baba WaNgwarai 8 years ago

    Kusingapore (That which will never be healed in Shona).The gentleman knows his country is ruined and am sure he is a diasporian at heart but sometimes physically in Zimbabwe.Ngwarai

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    nyoni 8 years ago


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    All juiced up before Zuma’s inauguration!

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    roving ambassador. 8 years ago

    Watching the Zuma inauguration on a South African channel E NCA,
    Mugabe is receiving an embarrassing lambasting including all the other Dictators. He is a big liability to Zanu itself.
    The international reporting on the political reality in Mugabe’s lack of ubuntu does not auger well for the propaganda being preached to woe investors .
    Dream on Zanu.
    We want you to go so we can take control of our on lives.
    Go Zanu and don’t forget your Mdc surrogates.

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    Twinn 8 years ago

    Any bets on next visit? Since it was his third visit this year I say next one will be end June sometime. Sooner if he will have to appear in public. These visits are now becoming predictable.

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      He might just go for a cuddle with his mate Joyce Banda.All her tears need soaking up as priority. Looks like she needs him more than Zimbabwe does.

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    As the cancer eats his rear they will get more frequent. The end is soon just not soon enough.

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    t.one 8 years ago

    When you are fearful and insufficient in confidence you are always blaming others and hunting for a hiding place. The issue of succession is a sensitive issue in the whole country. In a democratic state this should be an interesting subject which the incumbent and the aspiring leaders engage in robust debates. However in our cursed zimbabwe it’s a taboo and recently mutasa didymas termed the issue classified. You will punished if you write or talk about it. The country is being the monarch style. Why do you prohibit the succession debate? What are you hiding? Whom are you protecting? You claim to lead the people but the very people who put you on the thrown are the very people whom you want to punish if they discuss who will lead them. If you are a party ofnthe people why do clip the wings of those who want to develop the country in future. Why can’t you copy what other African countries are doing. The opposition is listened to when they bring issues that enable the country to move forward. The spheres of government embrace those with divergent views. In Zimbabwe the opposition is alien to the government. Developing a country needs all brains to work together. Development does not segregate, it knows no colour, no hatred. The best subject Zanu Pf can preach is the politics of hatred which is immune to development. Zimbabweans are not stupid people as you think. You want to push tnem to the wall so that they kill each other but it is only the foolish who will turn against each other and their own blood.
    Allow debate because you are not going to be in power for ever. One way or the other you are going to leave that seat. Forget about being violently removed, do not waste the money for salaries buying ammunition because no one is interested in wasting resources and killing the lovely children of Zimbabwe. It is time you reflect, Bob is not getting any younger, he is closer to natural retirement. Think about the future of the country. We do not need your personal resources we have ours to return the country to its former state of being the jewel of Africa. You are the only stumbling block. The truth hurts. If at all you were sensible, you would listen, you would not struggle to pay the civil servants. Listen to the wisdom from aspiring leaders. Allow robust debates.

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    gukurahundi (GNB/jukwa) 8 years ago

    mugabe come and get application forms for singapore citizenship,,,ugareko

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    mutasa is such a bootlicker!!! he will be totally lost when uncle nob moves on….surely zanu has a constitution to elect a leader, they do every year at their congresses…

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    Gomogranny 8 years ago

    yay! Nob and co back how exciting! Hope they go to RSA and take a leaf out of the effing book – Grace would look great in a cleaner’s outfit and nob in overalls would just make our day!

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    DubboZimbo 8 years ago

    It’s a shame he cannot see the state of Zimbabwe with his repaired vision, he is still blind to the truth.

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      Malcolm 8 years ago

      Excellent 🙂 Well said!. Given me an idea for a new art work to do for my collection, once I get the “Bobzilla” poster finished. Thanks for the hedzup.

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    MikeH 8 years ago

    Well, there’s another dissappointment for you ….. it’s back !!!

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      john the first 8 years ago

      Maybe the Americans got it right in their Constitution-2 terms or 8 years to “serve” and then, it’s goodbye from a grateful nation….what possible new ideas does this fellow have that would do the nation any good after 30+ years?