Zimbabwe

Mugabe cancels Ghana trip

2016-08-19 12:21
Robert Mugabe (AP)

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Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 92, has called off his trip to Ghana due to unspecified reasons, said a report on Friday.

However, according to Citi FM, the embattled Mugabe has called off the trip due to the ongoing political turmoil in the southern African country.

Unnamed sources at the Zimbabwean embassy in Accra said that the long-time ruler had cancelled the trip due to domestic political issues in his country. 

Mugabe was expected to be a guest of honour, and deliver a lecture at a prestigious event that would award various people with the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize.

The event organisers, Millennium Excellence Foundation, claimed that the cancellation was due to reasons beyond their control.

Zimbabwe has, in recent months, been hit by a wave of protests, as Zimbabweans demanded that the government act on the ongoing economic hardships. 

Health 

Reports indicated that the southern African country came to an abrupt standstill after Zimbabweans downed tools in July. 

Many businesses, shops and schools were closed, while public transport and some government departments and courts also ceased to function.

Meanwhile, according to New Zimbabwe, in recent weeks the nonagenarian's health has been failing, prompting authorities in the southern African country to fly in specialist doctors from Singapore.

Analyst Ken Yamamoto reportedly claimed that the Singaporean specialists were flown into the country ahead of the country’s two public holidays last week.

He further claimed that the nonagenarian had abandoned some of his duties as he would only walk into his office in the afternoon to attend to pressing matters.

"...Mugabe now works 30 minutes a day often coming to his office around 15:00 and leaving half an hour or so afterwards to go home and sleep," Yamamoto was quoted saying.

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