Mugabe flies to Singapore for a private visit

On Saturday President Robert Mugabe flew to Singapore for the first time this year, on a trip described as a private visit by the state media. The ZANU PF leader was accompanied by his wife Grace.


A statement from the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity said during the visit Mugabe will oversee postgraduate arrangements for his daughter Bona.

His first born daughter graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy degree last year.

Sources in Harare told SW Radio Africa that Mugabe has often used Bona as a cover up, when he is going for a medical review. Mugabe, 88, visited Singapore more than eight times last year. His spokesman George Charamba at one time said he had gone there for cataract surgery, amid repeated media speculation that he was suffering from cancer.

His health has been the subject of much speculation, especially since WikiLeaks last year released a US diplomatic cable saying Mugabe had prostate cancer.

The leaked cable alleged that Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono told the then-US ambassador, James McGee, in 2008 that Mugabe has prostate cancer that has metastasized and ‘that will cause his death in three to five years.’

During celebrations to mark his 88th birthday, Mugabe scoffed at fears about his health and said he was ‘fit as a fiddle.’

‘The day will come when I will become sick. As of now I am fit as a fiddle,’ he said, before poking fun at media reports about a life-threatening ailment.

‘I have died many times. That’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once. I have died and resurrected and I don’t know how many times I will die and resurrect,’ said Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe since Independence in 1980.

Each time Mugabe flies out of the country, he reportedly demands at least US$3 million from Treasury. – SW Radio Africa News

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