Frail-looking Mugabe, known to seek treatment abroad, sparks health fears


Robert Mugabe and son Mugabe Jnr
Robert Mugabe and son Mugabe Jnr

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"During his time as the country's leader, Mugabe often flew out to Singapore to receive specialist treatment by doctors outside, often inviting scorn from opponents for abandoning his own health delivery system he has poorly presided over for decades, to seek better hospitals abroad," MSN said in April.

After a photo of former Zimbabwe President Mugabe surfaced online, fears have arisen once again over the state of his health.

In the three pictures believed to have been shared by his ‘favourite son’ Robert Junior, the 95-year-old is seen in a wheelchair looking slumped and shrivelled in an Adidas branded track suit.

This is stark contrast with the sharp suits he preferred to appear in public with during his 37 year reign.

The photo is believed to have been taken in Singapore where he is reportedly seeking treatment for an unknown illness.

A past report from MSN News called it a “closely guarded secret.”

“During his time as the country’s leader, Mugabe often flew out to Singapore to receive specialist treatment by doctors outside, often inviting scorn from opponents for abandoning his own health delivery system he has poorly presided over for decades, to seek better hospitals abroad,” MSN said in April.

Mugabe. PHOTO | COURTESY
Mugabe. PHOTO | COURTESY

 

The Mugabe family
The Mugabe family. PHOTO | COURTESY

President Mnangagwa in a rally at his rural home said Mugabe was no longer able to walk and was being treated at a hospital in Singapore.

“He can no longer walk but we will take care of him,” said Mnangagwa.

It was not the first time Mugabe’s health status has been on the concern.  Three years ago rumors claimed the then President had died mid air on a trip from Dubai where he was receiving medication.

When he was asked about the claims after landing in Harare, Mugabe sarcastically replied in the affirmative saying he was dead but was now resurrected.

“I resurrected as I always do once I get back to my country. I am real again,” he told reporters.

In 2009, Mugabe was also rumored to have died after being taken to Dubai for treatment following a “serious scare”, while in a separate incident the same year he was reported as being close to death at a Singapore hospital.

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