Mugabe denies medical trip rumours

2011-10-03 13:39

Zimbabwe’s 87-year-old president is disputing reports he sought medical treatment in Asia and says he went there to visit his daughter instead.

Robert Mugabe returned on Sunday from a five-day trip. State radio yesterday reported that he told the broadcaster he spent time with his daughter Bona (22), a student in Hong Kong. He dismissed media reports he is ill and castigated those who mention his health every time he travels to Asia.

Last week’s Asian trip was his sixth this year. In March, his office said he underwent eye surgery in Singapore. But US diplomats cited in recently released WikiLeaks cables have said they were informed he is suffering from prostate cancer.

Mugabe’s party denies the cancer claims.

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