Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe left the country on Monday night to Singapore for medical checks, a government statement confirmed.
The last time he flew out for medical checks was on March 1 this year, this is his second medical trip to the south Asian nation within a two month period.
The last condition his aides said the nonagenarian was suffering from was eye cataract. The opposition has, however, insisted that the president was battling cancer, a claim Mugabe’s handlers have refuted.
The 93-year-old is Zimbabwe’s only political leader (Prime Minister and President) since independence in 1980. His health is a hot topic ahead of a presidential election scheduled for next year where he is the candidate of the ZANU-PF party.
The Ministry of Information said he was expected to return home at the weekend. Mugabe now struggles to walk, with security aides forming a human shield around him in public. His last public outing was last week during the World Economic Forum Summit in neighbouring South Africa.
A visibly exhausted Mugabe told a panel discussion in a low murmur that his country was not a “fragile state,” and that it was the continent’s second most developed country next to South Africa.
Critics say his infirmities make him unfit to hold office, a position the courts have disagreed with. The veteran leader continues to hold tight control over his ZANU-PF party.
In February he said the party and Zimbabwe’s people saw no viable alternative candidate to him for next year’s elections.