Rumours are rife that Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has died. The Zimbabwean tyrant took off early from a key summit of African nations on Tuesday before flying to Singapore where the President has been before for medical treatment. However, the presidential jet made a sharp turn, rerouting for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as his health rapidly deteriorated, Zimbabwe Newsday reported.
The 92 year old President’s spokesman refused to deny rumours that Mugabe was ill, further fuelling speculation that he had infact died. Now opposition leaders are calling for the old leader, who has held power since 1980, to stand down from his role.
Mugabe is still apparently holed up in a Dubai hospital, however, there’s no official comment on his condition. Claims that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage were ruled out by a family member, who told Zimbabwe Newsday he’d gone for a routine checkup. That said, we are not sure if this report can be believed or not.
The same website described rumours of Mugabe’s death as far-fetched, but conceded that the events surrounding his current movements made it a strong possibility.
Spokesman George Charamba told reporters: “Each time you people don’t know the purpose of the president’s visit, there is always a default explanation that he is ill. “If I don’t tell you the purpose, it should be illness. I will not give you the purpose of the president’s visit to run away from the default explanation. “This is not new. It is year in, year out; he is sick, he dies and resurrects. His life until the age of 92 revolves around illness and death.” I think it has been some time since Mugabe was reported as very ill so this is again, not exactly true but then you would expect a normal 92-year-old person to be not very healthy.
I think it has been some time since Mugabe was reported as very ill so this is again, not exactly true but then you would expect a normal 92-year-old person to be in and out of health.
A government official quoted by New Zimbabwe said the tyrant’s sudden flight was down to a long-term battle with prostate cancer. Yet another source reported he was picking up family en-route to Singapore, and another said he was in the Middle East on private business.
It is a bit odd that the infamous dictator’s overseas treatment trips have caused a storm among opposition leaders back in Zimbabwe, considering that he has probably racked up the most air miles of any human being, dead or alive.
It is interesting that after running down Zimbabwe’s health care system to the point he himself needs to travel overseas to get treatment.
A spokesman for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Mugabe’s numerous foreign travels were already a serious burden for the treasury. They said: “In as much as we sympathise with Mugabe over his health problems, we urge him to search his soul and conscience.” I think it is a bit late and extremely unlikely that a ruthless, murderous Dictator has spent and nor will ever spend any time searching his soul or conscience.
“He must see that in his current physical shape and going towards 93, it is not good to cling desperately onto power.”
We shall wait and see over the next few days what transpires but we do know that the Zanu PF party will try and keep his death a secret if it is true to prevent any sudden uprising, especially considering all the recent riots and civil unrest especially #thisflag