Sister reveals Mugabe's health secrets

2015-01-18 16:23
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's secret to a long life is simple: no cigarettes or alcohol and lots of exercise, his sister said in an interview published on Sunday.

Mugabe turns 91 next month and is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

"He has always known that things like alcohol and smoking are debilitating and degrade the body," Regina Gata, Mugabe's only surviving sister said in an interview with the Sunday Mail.

"Even up to now, he exercises a lot," Gata told the state-controlled publication in an interview from her home in Mabelreign, a modest suburb in the capital Harare.

"I always hear from Amai [Mother] Grace Mugabe that he exercises a lot everyday and he remains disciplined in this respect," Gata, 68, said.

Gata is Mugabe's half-sister from his father's second wife.

Mugabe's asceticism is well-known. He has previously revealed that he takes a long walk every morning at 5 am, eats very little meat and lots of vegetables. His wife takes pride in growing her own for the family.

He regularly travels to Singapore for what the authorities insist are "eye check-ups", and, despite a very occasional stumble, appears to be in remarkably good health.

Gata said Mugabe had used his savings to pay for her nursing course in the UK in the 1970s, when he was still in prison.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.