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President Mugabe sued for clinging to power

President Mugabe sued for clinging to power

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been sued for his continued stay in power despite his old age and “poor health condition”.

A Zimbabwean lawyer, Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, on Friday filed a case at the High Court seeking a ruling for the veteran leader to surrender his job.

“Media reports have confirmed that Mugabe is a frequent patient at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore…” Chinyoka said in his affidavit.

Media reports since at least 2011 have linked him with this hospital, with speculation that he is undergoing cancer treatment.

Chinyoka also sued the justice ministry and Parliament for failing to react when the head of state was showing signs of advanced age, poor health and amnesia, among others.

He listed a number of occasions in which the Zimbabwean leader has accidentally fallen, stumbled, read the wrong speech or dozed-off during international meetings.

According to Chinyoka, Mugabe was filmed by private media going into the hospital on May 19, 2014.

“Media reports since at least 2011 have linked him with this hospital with speculation that he is undergoing cancer treatment,” Chinyoka added.

Mugabe turns 92 in two weeks and has refused to relinquish power, insisting he will rule until death.

His wife said last year a special wheelchair will be created if the veteran leader, who has ruled his country for 36 years, loses his physical strength.

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