Mugabe trip raises more health questions

2012-07-02 16:49

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe flew to Singapore on Monday for what a senior aide called a routine medical check-up, reviving speculation about the health of the 88-year-old leader who has denied reports he has cancer.

Mugabe, Zimbabwe's sole leader since independence from Britain in 1980 and accused by opponents of clinging to power by rigging elections, brought forward his weekly cabinet meeting to Monday before his departure, officials said.

"The president is going on a private visit for a routine medical checkup - not because he is sick or anything like that, but one consistent with his strong belief in getting regular medical examinations in order to stay healthy," a senior official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

Asked why the president was going abroad if it was a routine issue, the official said: "I am not going to be dragged into that kind of malicious debate."

Another official said Mugabe - who addressed a central committee meeting of his Zanu-PF party on Friday - was expected back next week but he refused to discuss any further details.

Mugabe's spokesperson was not available for comment.

Local media reports say Mugabe travelled to Singapore eight times last year alone to seek medical attention.

A June 2008 US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last year said Mugabe had prostate cancer that had spread to other organs.

His doctor urged him to step down in 2008, according to the cable.

In April, aides angrily denied reports by some international media that he was undergoing intensive treatment in a Singapore hospital and was fighting for his life.

A minister from the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party who attended Monday's cabinet meeting said Mugabe did not look sick.

"The old man looked his normal old and energetic self, attentive and in control. If he is sick, it was not obvious," the minister said.

Mugabe, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, has often laughed off suggestions tht he is seriously ill, saying he is fit enough to contest an election due in the next year.

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-07-02 17:13

    Maybe he is smuggling rhino horn on these frequent trips to the East ......

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 03:05

      LOL..some sod at News24 removed my comment. Must be one of their ANCYL employees that is smuggling Rhino muti with ol'Robert..

  • Steven - 2012-07-02 17:14

    Playing with peoples emotions is not on. Do you know how expensive this is getting? Every time he flies out to Singapore I buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate the impeding news of his demise, then, every time, I drink it to drown my sorrows when he jumps over the last two steps. Come on Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Founding father of Zanu PF, Chairman of the Polit Bureau, Head of Government, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe KICK THE BUCKET ALREADY...I WANNA POP SOME BOTTLES

  • Ian - 2012-07-02 17:15

    why dosent the demented thing use zimbabawe's wonderful public hospitals,why wont it just freaking die already, bloody alien

      Vince.York - 2012-07-03 06:19

      With the imminent and long overdue 'passing on' of this creature and soon our own little self anointed pseudo-king, WHO will take over and will THE PEOPLE come out tops again?

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-02 17:15

    Last story was that his daughter is studying there. Bob will still be around for a long time. They dont have an open spot for him in in the Hotspot as yet. They are still debating if they should allow him in...scared that he might take control of the coal supplies. The "Horny" guy aint like no competition.

      Steven - 2012-07-02 17:17

      To correct you, Satan sold his soul to Mugabe long time ago mate. The deal was to let Satan rule for a bit longer, but Robert is getting impatient and wants to claim his sovereign right.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-02 17:16

    High Time he just dies does the world a favour!!! 88 years of wasted oxygen!

      poloyatonkim - 2012-07-02 17:40

      Mugabe is the only African leader with balls..

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-02 18:00

      yea but no brains, maybe balls do it for you

      Bulls - 2012-07-02 18:09

      This is it, he won't come back I'm afraid. Our hero is calling it a day, I hope his practices will be uplifted and be taught to young Africans.NO TO WHITE SUPREMACY.

      colin.ashby.35 - 2012-07-02 19:06

      @poloyatonkim you mean "ball"

      Sharon - 2012-07-02 19:53

      @ polly, yeah but they are hanging down by his feet now,this thing must vrek and soon

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-07-02 17:20

    Just leave the old man alone,we want land n economy,long live Angel Gabriel

      Aaron - 2012-07-02 17:34

      And you got land and the economy, right? It worked out fantastically, didn't it? So much better now that the people eat sand to survive after your angelic leader completely destroyed your currency and most industry apart from the illicit diamond mines run by the Chinese (which profits go straight to secret overseas money laundering bank accounts). They say you get the leader you deserve. Well done.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-02 17:55

      you want land & economy, you stupid moron, you don't just get economy, eish but you are dumb & lazy

      Sharon - 2012-07-02 19:54

      carefull,angel gabriel has also got a spear

  • jamesallend - 2012-07-02 17:25

    He ez e man bhnd our unity in zim btwn shona nd ndebele !mr yrz

      ndlovusola - 2012-07-02 19:15

      James wat wat do u really think there is unity in zim u need 2 catch a wake up call nd stop living a fairytale. U make my blood boil!

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-02 17:26

    Here we go again,I'm sure this fool will outlive even Metusaleh!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-02 17:27

    Why not come to SA for your check ups - worried that the truth will eventually come out. Step down and enjoy your 'illegal' billions 'old man'...

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-07-02 17:33

    he is NOT a Leader, he's an illegitimate dictator and ruler

      Tommo - 2012-07-03 00:48

      You are cool man, very cool.

  • mark.retief - 2012-07-02 17:36

    Please guys he needs time to repent, hell is eternity!

  • muzi.myeni - 2012-07-02 17:39

    R.I.P Bob!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-02 18:01

      yea, rest in pieces

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-02 17:45

    Moenie worry nie volgende jaar maak ons Nog een. Wp is die kweek skool. Eintlik is al die spans gestreep binnekant

  • fanie.brink.5 - 2012-07-02 18:06

    Hell is waiting for you Mugabe so just go man GO!!!!!

  • Philip Buys - 2012-07-02 18:17

    His death will also be the work of the boers. Everyday in Africa is April fools day.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-02 18:30

    Do us all a favor and die

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-02 18:38

    @jwarha you so full of hate and anger that you cant let go of the past. The boer suffered also at the hands of the English during the Boer war children starved to death. So think be for you judge.

      jwarha.balakisa - 2012-07-02 18:57

      So that is why thy killed our people to revenge the suffering thy received at the hands of the English?

  • eddie.serane - 2012-07-02 18:43

    Overseas 4 a medical checkup a gud idea 4 ur health

  • joe.ndlovu.16 - 2012-07-02 20:12

    According to myself Mugabe was not wrong to took the farms from the whites.u were finding that a whte man he was just staying in big farm with his wife and children and he was not doing anything on that land to help the country so on those whites he was not wrong at all but for those who were farming he was a little bit wrong because they were producing food for the country

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-02 20:17

      Did you learn nothing from the post-colonial era?

      Tommo - 2012-07-03 00:43

      Well he is now dying, so that's that. And we will get our farms back joe. Just you wait and see....

      michelle.jennings.5832 - 2012-07-11 10:38

      You are a complete idiot!!!who cares if the farmers were running a circus on their land, bottom line is they PAID for their land and have every right to do as they wish with it. so the farms must be stolen because they not using the land to the full capacity??? this is how stupid you are....please tell me what was done on the land after it was stolen??? a freaking campfire built in the middle of a beautiful farm house!!!! how about shut up before you make stupid comments!!!

  • Philip Buys - 2012-07-02 20:47

    Yes this dude is really just stealing oxygen at the moment. Go and rest. You will sadly not be missed by anyone.

  • jacob.molife - 2012-07-02 21:41

    When u see an ant runnin in n outa his hole he aint foolin arround

  • Tommo - 2012-07-03 00:40

    Whats wrong with Hurare university hospital Bob? After all, its good enough for all your citizens???

  • Tommo - 2012-07-03 00:49

    I know of å very good hospital in The Hague...

  • smellarat.smith - 2012-07-03 03:41

    The very fact that this brutal idiot has to travel outside the borders of Zimbabwe to get a decent medical check-up, or for his wife to do decent shopping, says it all. Disgusting.

  • nhla.prv - 2012-07-03 11:14

    Media speculation as usual..Just be patient, its gonna happen one day !

  • jookco - 2012-07-04 08:44

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