Mugabe To Singapore For Medical Check-Up

Robert Mugabe, 88, underwent cataract surgery in Singapore last year. By Joseph Mwenda (AFP/File) HARARE (AFP) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe left Harare for Singapore Monday for a “routine” medical check-up, his second health-related trip this year, state radio said.

“President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for Singapore for a routine medical check-up,” state-run Spot FM announced in a news bulletin.

The 88-year-old who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, often makes visits to the city-state for medical treatment and underwent a cataract surgery there last year.

“The President is expected back home at the weekend,” said the report.

His office was not immediately available to confirm.

Mugabe‘s last visit to Singapore in April sparked rumours over his health, with media reports suggesting he was fighting for his life in hospital, where he was treated for a cancer-related illness.

When he returned the government spokesman Webster Shamu announced that longtime leader was “fit as a fiddle”.

Mugabe’s health has been the subject of much speculation, since WikiLeaks last year released a 2008 US diplomatic cable saying central bank chief Gideon Gono had told then-US ambassador James McGee that Mugabe had prostate cancer and had been advised by doctors he had less than five years to live.

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