Mugabe, Zuma to meet

2009-08-26 12:28

Harare - A Zimbabwe official says President Robert Mugabe's meeting with SA President Jacob Zuma is set to go ahead on Thursday as scheduled, quashing reports that the Zimbabwean leader had been taken to hospital in Dubai.

Zuma's trip, his first to Harare since he was elected in May, follows a meeting with Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Johannesburg where he pledged to raise "very weighty issues" with Mugabe about the country's faltering power-sharing deal.

The official said on Wednesday that President Mugabe had returned from a one-week visit abroad in good health.

"The president came back last night. He was fine, he was not sick as reported by some hostile South African media. He had taken a one week break to the Far East," the official said.

South Africa's Times daily reported on Wednesday that the 85-year-old president had been rushed to hospital in Dubai on Sunday after "a serious health scare".

Mugabe had not been seen in public since Tuesday last week. The newspaper said he had been receiving treatment from a Malaysian urologist for a prostate condition. Mugabe is a close friend of former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad and a regular visitor to the country.

"We saw the story yesterday and the day before yesterday but we cannot spend all the time responding to the issues of the president's health when he is fine," the official said.