Zimbabwe

Mugabe returns from medical checks in Singapore

2014-02-22 14:30
Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe returned home on Saturday morning from Singapore where he had gone for routine medical checkups, state radio announced.

President Mugabe had travelled to the Far East for cataract surgery in his left eye and the state radio said "the procedure was successful".

The veteran leader, who turned 90 on Friday, has ruled Zimbabwe since it achieved independence from Britain in 1980.

President Mugabe has long been rumoured to be seriously ill and has travelled to Singapore for medical checks several times in the past five years.

A leaked 2008 US diplomatic cable cited then bank governor Gideon Gono as saying Mugabe had prostate cancer, a claim denied by officials.

On Sunday, thousands of people will gather at a stadium in Marondera, a town 75km east of the capital Harare, to celebrate Mugabe's birthday.

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