Mugabe to Singapore ‘for health checkup’ – state radio

2012-07-03 11:43

State radio says Zimbabwe’s 88-year-old president has left for Singapore for a routine medical check-up.

After several trips to the Asian city in the past year, it is the first time the state broadcaster has officially announced reasons for his departure.

State radio reported today that the last time President Robert Mugabe went to Singapore, on a private visit in April, some Western and local media organisations “peddled falsehoods” that he was gravely ill.

The announcement follows a slew of reports in Zimbabwe media loyal to Mugabe on his fitness – even that he has a strict exercise regime and awakens before the rest of his household – in efforts to head off speculation on his health.

There has been no official word on reports that he is suffering from prostate cancer.

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