Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe continues to struggle with health issues, with the 95-year-old veteran politician reportedly in Singapore on one of his many expensive health-related sojourns to the Asian country.
This was revealed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during an interview with state media ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebrations Thursday, the New Zimbabwe reported.
Mnangagwa said he was in constant touch with Mugabe, whom he overthrew in a military-assisted coup in November 2017, to check on his health.
“He has not been feeling well. At the age of 95, I think he is reasonably in good health,” Mnangagwa said. “Currently he is not in the country. He left on [April 2] to Singapore. He will be away for about 29 days and he will come back. I am making sure that I do the facilitation for him to receive treatment — take him to Singapore and to bring him back, all the facilities — I make sure that it is done.”
Even during his time as the country’s leader, Mugabe often flew out to Singapore to receive specialist treatment by doctors outside, inviting scorn from opponents for abandoning his own health-delivery system he has presided over for decade to seek better hospitals abroad.
His family and doctors have had the discipline of keeping his condition a closely guarded secret.
According to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks 2011, then central bank governor Gideon Gono was cited as saying Mugabe suffered from prostate cancer.
Mugabe, who has declared he will live up to 100 years, has nevertheless outlived some of his wartime colleagues.