Mugabe illness reports 'a lot of hogwash'

2012-04-10 11:30

Harare - Zimbabwe on Tuesday dismissed reports that President Robert Mugabe was battling for life in a Singapore hospital as "a lot of hogwash", after his absence forced cabinet to postpone this week's meeting.

"It's a lot of hogwash," Information Minister Webster Shamu told AFP. "This is not the first time we have heard these rumours. If anything like that had happened, we would have issued a statement."

He would not disclose the whereabouts of Mugabe, 88, who was reported by state media to have left for Singapore on a private visit more than a week ago to arrange post-graduate studies for his daughter Bona.

Shamu's statement came on the back of a report in the Zimbabwe Mail news website that Mugabe, in power since 1980, was seriously ill and had agreed to hand over power to defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

A government source who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mugabe was well and denied the report.

"He is on a private visit in Singapore," the source said.

"He is not in and was not taken to any hospital. He is well and should be back later today or tomorrow which is why cabinet was pushed to Thursday. The story from the Zimbabwe Mail is a complete fabrication."

Mugabe last seen in public when he handed computers to a government primary school nearly two weeks ago.

But he issued a condolence message following the death of Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week and another one congratulating wa Mutharika's successor Joyce Banda on assuming her new post.

Mugabe's health has been subject of speculation in recent years.

Last year the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released a cable in which Zimbabwe's central bank governor told the US ambassador in 2008 that Mugabe was diagnosed with prostate cancer and doctors had given him three years to live.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-04-10 11:32


      Vernon - 2012-04-10 11:38

      not yet!!they trying spin here.why doesn't biltong bob show his face then.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 11:38

      The great thing about mad Africa dicators is, they all eventually die

      Rob - 2012-04-10 11:48

      Say it aint so !

      Piet - 2012-04-10 11:52

      We totally agree, it is a load of hogwash. You can not be ill when you have passed.

      Ashley - 2012-04-10 13:37

      Yup Malawi did the same with the rumors about their president. He was no he is in South Africa. No he is dead. No he had a heart attack and is in a Johannesburg clinic.....I could go on, but i am sure you get the point, hopefully this rumor is true, because dear goodness if this man has had cancer since 2008 and still going, then cancer treatment is ultra ultra advanced in Singapore.

  • Herman - 2012-04-10 11:35

    Deniability is a hobby of most African governments!

  • Mark - 2012-04-10 11:36

    I am disappointed

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-04-10 11:36


  • Herman - 2012-04-10 11:40

    The only sickness diagnosed with bob is, breathing of oxygen, hopefully this will be cured real soon

  • Crracker - 2012-04-10 11:42

    Ah well. But there is a bright side. With Julius no longer around we'll still have Mugabe we can hate. Perhaps journos should be extra careful. False leaks and rumors deliberately spread to blame the media later for all kinds of imagined wrongs.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-10 11:43

    It will be a lot of hogwash till he is buried.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-10 11:45

    The Devil looks after their own.

  • Sook - 2012-04-10 11:48


  • Adrian - 2012-04-10 11:49

    dnt no y u wyt ppl go on like dis mugabe said b4 he will rule zimbabwe til he die nd we all die at the end

      jared.wessels - 2012-04-10 12:09

      Don't know why you white people go on like this. Mugabe has previously stated that he will rule Zimbabwe until he dies and we all eventually die.* Was it really that hard?

      stuart.steedman - 2012-04-10 12:20

      Troll: no-one is legitimately as stupid as you're making yourself out to be. Plus, given your spelling, I would imagine you have difficult in preventing your drool from fouling up your keyboard.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 12:23

      Thank you Jared. Adrian's comment is a big pain.

      Massey - 2012-04-10 13:10

      Adrian, please learn to spell before you talk crap here. IDIOT

      MagdaKus - 2012-04-10 15:49

      Adrian, I just hope you are not one of the people who are xenophobically giving my black Zimbabwian friends who are in SA because of Bob a diffcult time... Many if not most of them would rather be back home in Zim. He's not just a problem for the whites. In fact he's probably a problem for more black people than white people (who have had to leave their homeland because of him).

      Panashe - 2012-04-10 15:51


      stuart.steedman - 2012-04-10 16:28

      Whatever Panashe. The reality is that Uncle Bob has run his country into the ground, like every African dictator before him. It's greed, and he is enabled by the uneducated masses who support him. Such greed can only be allowed through ignorance of the masses.

      Kevin - 2012-04-10 21:03

      Panashe, wake up. Bob is restoring nothing to his citizens, he's making sure it goes to his mates only. In 20 years' time, it will still be the rich blacks who are benefitting from Zim's wealth. The average black Zimbabwean is not going to experience any benefit, at this rate.

  • xolile.hanse - 2012-04-10 11:51

    Hope illness reports a fabrication!!!

      Niki - 2012-04-10 13:42

      Yup, we'd rather see him dead than ill.

  • tednhet - 2012-04-10 11:51

    Pull the plug. The bas--rd does not deserve to live.

  • Rudluv7 - 2012-04-10 11:58

    The doctors gave him 3 years to live,well it looks like the devil is giving him a few more years

  • Graham - 2012-04-10 11:58

    If they are anything like the ANC then deny means the truth. So hogwash might mean he's is dead. Cancer is to good for this oxygen thief.

      Piet - 2012-04-10 12:07

      when last did we see Mandela alive?

  • Grant - 2012-04-10 11:58

    I agree with Sargon above. Yesterday I checked the other sites and there was no mention of Mugabe. On the one hand if it were true it would be extremly difficlt to conceal. On the other hand if the report was true that he only expected to live 2-3 years in 2008 well time has run out. Consider this though : If there are fears in Zim that there will be a succession battle after he dies the government may want to keep matters underwrap until the issue has been resolved.

      Kobus - 2012-04-10 12:10

      Jackie - 2012-04-10 12:12

      Nah wouldnt be difficult to hide. They just did it in Malawi - same MO. Their president had a heart attack thursday lunchtime & died. They put a lid on it and said they were bringing him to SA for better treatment. Reporters were chasing up all the usual hospitals like Milpark. Then eventually 2 days after he died they announced his death. With Bob so far away & been there for a while already its even easier. They will probably hold off on his death until they get themselves prepared. I wish the vermin would just die.....

      Squeegee - 2012-04-10 12:20

      They will probably stuff him and use a ventriloquist.. Mmm, perhaps they already did several years ago.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:02

    Well thankfully he cant live forever!!

  • Sook - 2012-04-10 12:08

    When that wonderful day arrives, I wonder if there will be the same amount of public "ourpouring of grief" for their "dear beloved leader" like we saw in North Korea.

      Rob - 2012-04-10 12:11

      The overbreeding masses will be forced to wail & screech @ the lavish state funeral that is being prepared for " comrade bob. "

      Squeegee - 2012-04-10 12:22

      Only from our beloved leaders. Julius will jump into the grave sobbing, we will send agents to find the info that he has been holding over Zuma's head, Winnie will set someone on fire in remembrance, etc.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 12:29

      That was a laugh.

  • Bryan - 2012-04-10 12:20

    Damn... I'm now Mr Grumpy pants:-( Really thought that MF was gonna die today!!!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-04-10 12:20

    Lets hope he still does come back tomorrow! In a bodybag!

  • Keith - 2012-04-10 12:22

    Had thabo Mbeki did the right thing during his time in the union building, Zimbabwe and it's people should be living in peace now and not the opposite way, Robert Mugabe's misrule has affected south Africa so much whereby we have to accomodate almost 4million Zimbabweans in our country,this Mugabe man is a disgrace to Africa as a continent he should pay for his crimes.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 12:31

      Dead is good.

      NMothijoa - 2012-04-11 13:13

      I agree with you Keith. We can't even breath in our own country. How many Zimbabwean left their Country for SA.

  • Nico - 2012-04-10 12:28

    He's like f.....n aids one can't seem to get rid of it.

  • Glenview - 2012-04-10 12:29

    Even if he dies , his legacy will still lives on , i pray that god will heal him give more more years to live

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 12:31


      desertratbkf - 2012-04-10 12:37

      You and Bob clearly share that single brain cell!

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-10 12:40

      What legacy? That he's a filthy murderer, thief, and outright lowlife? I cant believe the idiots that write here. I work with MANY Zimbabwean people. They cant stand that vermin. And cant wait for the scum to rot in hell, so they can go home to their loved one's and start to rebuild, the once bread basket of Africa, again!

      Kagiso - 2012-04-10 13:06

      a legacy of murder, corruption and embezzlement. you are one stupid motherf*****.

      Keith - 2012-04-10 13:33

      Ofcourse his legacy of destroying a once functioning state will be remembered forever with so many generations to come.

      Irene - 2012-04-10 14:46

      Glenview ~ One helluva legacy. He even has to get medical treatment in another country because he's single-handedly destroyed what there was in ZimBOBwe. Why no hospitals in Zimbobwe? Because your hero screwed them up, and not just the hospitals pal, EVERYTHING. Weren't you born with a brain?

  • Jean-Marc - 2012-04-10 12:43

    "He is not in and was not taken to any hospital." - Seriously news24, are your journalists educated at primary shcool level?? #pathetic grammar.

      RObert - 2012-04-10 13:10

      they may be educated in zimbabwe primaries.

  • Angela - 2012-04-10 12:48

    He could be dead for 6 months before they'd admit it. I wish this murdering swine would hurry up and die already. This is the only person I've ever wished dead but he has caused such mayhem and misery in the lives of many I know plus the deaths, the many, many deaths. Those you murdered are with the ancestors now and they're not happy.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-10 13:01

    Well true or not, lets face it the old dog is 88, not much life left, he's going to die hopefully sooner than later, but Emmerson is just as evil as he is so what chance does Zimbabwe really stand of recovering anyway...

  • marais.adriaan - 2012-04-10 13:03

    If Mugabe is the solution, I'd prefer the problem. If Zim is such a fantastic country, why wasn't it good enough to give medical care to Bob, or a university degree to his daughter? I'm really just wondering aloud...

      Chris - 2012-04-10 17:36


  • Kagiso - 2012-04-10 13:18

    who are they fooling? the old man can bearly walk on his own, he's even carried up and down the stairs by his bodyguards and personal minders.

      RObert - 2012-04-10 13:25


  • aubrey.sonnenberg - 2012-04-10 13:30

    Messages for Mugabe in hospital in Singapore....some quotable quotes: "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.." - Oscar Wilde

  • nyasha.mutonono - 2012-04-10 13:40

    I wonder who is fooling who...

      NMothijoa - 2012-04-11 13:33

      Mugabe is fooling himself, thinking that he's coming out of hospital alive and rule Zimbabwe again....

  • Tee Msiyani - 2012-04-10 14:02

    Let them prolong it, I will be eagerly waiting for the bastard to fall so we can pop these bottles of champagne and drink to a fallen looser....

  • tumelo.theka - 2012-04-10 14:12

    Regardless of what he is capable of, I would like to wish him a speedy recovery, if the need arise he should step down as the president of Zimbabwe, and may God put his merciful hand in him....

      Irene - 2012-04-10 14:44

      God disowned him long ago. He's Satan's right hand man and has been for the last couple of decades. I hope he fries in hell but his death must be slow and painful, really painful.

      Panashe - 2012-04-10 15:34

      Zimbabwe could be a better place and in a better position if only we had more God fearing people like you.

      Chris - 2012-04-10 17:34

      Hope he gets a merciful thunderbolt from above...

  • Irene - 2012-04-10 14:42

    Hogwash or not, the rest of the right thinking world will keep praying for his slow and painful death.

  • greagordo - 2012-04-10 17:14

    C'mon Bob, shuffle off that mortal coil. Your country begs you.

  • Masasi - 2012-04-10 17:57

    We pray for your speed recovery.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-10 18:35

    What a shame that this great man must put up with the inferior medical facilities of a foreign country. Hurry home, great leader, let your own people lovingly tend to you in one of your magnificent state hospitals.

  • Ingi - 2012-04-10 18:43

    Die you bastard, die!!!!

  • fanie.verwey - 2012-04-10 20:37

    FO&D Rob ...

  • Brian - 2012-04-10 21:58

    Sounds like the old Soviet Union speak!!!

  • Lorraine - 2012-04-11 02:28

    yhooo a lot of stories now so what can we believe.???.....

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