Mugabe is fit to lead Zim, despite advanced age – aide

2015-03-17 12:17

Cape Town – Zimbabwe's information minister Jonathan Moyo has reportedly insisted that President Robert Mugabe, 91, is fit enough to remain in office, despite growing concerns about the veteran leader's advanced age and "deteriorating" health.

Moyo made the remarks after the Daily News questioned Mugabe's capacity to effectively remain at the helm of the country that he has ruled for over three decades.

The report said Mugabe was at an age where diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's were common.

But Moyo told New Zimbabwe.com: "...President Mugabe is fit to lead Zimbabwe. An overwhelming majority of Zimbabweans said Yes only 19 months ago."

Analysts insist the nonagenarian should step down as he has now become a "lame duck" and "absentee" president who is often travelling outside the country on "frivolous" missions or for medical attention rather than actually governing the country.

A video posted on YouTube suggested Mugabe was now a burden to the country's fiscus.

Mugabe made headlines on Monday after his daughter Bona was seen on state television accompanying him on an official visit to Japan.

There was spirited reaction to this, with some suggesting this was a sign Mugabe's family was now more cautious about his ill-health, hence Bona's inclusion to play the role of her mother Grace, who remained home, amid unconfirmed report she was not well.

According to News Day, Bona, 24, was roped in on Mugabe's trip to Singapore for a medical check-up and later to Japan for the United Nations 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, after her mother Grace failed to make the trip as she is still recuperating from surgery.

Academic Ibbo Mandaza said he was not surprised by Bona's presence as it was proper that Mugabe had a close family member accompanying him to such meetings, given his advanced age.

Zanu-PF sources said the First Family was now more concerned about the nonagenarian's health and movements especially after his embarrassing fall at Harare International Airport, the report said.

Others said Mugabe no longer trusted his security aides after the airport saga.

But the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) maintained Mugabe had "virtually privatised the state".

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said his party was absolutely shocked that Bona was attending meetings as if she was part of the official delegation from Zimbabwe.

Gutu also tweeted:

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