Mugabe spends his 90th birthday in Singapore
HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe President and Africa's oldest leader Robert Mugabe marked his 90th birthday receiving medical treatment in Singapore on Friday, reigniting rumours that the man who has ruled his country since independence could be in ill health.
While Mr Mugabe's aides insist he is fighting fit, his absence on his birthday from the country he has ruled for nearly 34 years - ostensibly for eye surgery - has sparked speculation.
He is not expected back in Zimbabwe until shortly before an elaborate stadium birthday celebration on Sunday that is said to be costing around $1 million.
Meanwhile, dozens of state enterprises, government ministries and supporters showered praise on the veteran leader on Friday, with over 20 pages of advertisements in the state-owned newspaper The Herald.