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Zimbabwe President Mugabe appears in public to mourn sister

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:14 AM

HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance this year, quashing speculation about his health as he mourns his sister's death.

State television on Monday showed images of Mr Mugabe greeting government officials and members of his ZANU-PF party at his official residence in the capital Harare.

The veteran leader, who turns 90 next month, did not show signs of declining health as he greeted those paying their condolences at State House on Sunday, after his younger sister Bridget passed away in a Harare hospital.

His appearance quashed recent speculation about his health, with some media even claiming he had died while on holiday in Singapore.

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