Zimbabwe president Mugabe in Singapore for eye operation ahead of 90th birthday
HARARE (REUTERS) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for an eye operation ahead of his 90th birthday on Friday, a spokesman said, maintaining a government denial that the long-serving ruler is suffering from prostate cancer.
Mr George Charamba said Mr Mugabe, Africa's oldest president, left Harare on Monday and would be back in the country for birthday celebrations on Saturday.
"This is a routine check-up, a routine cataract operation for his left eye whose date was set down more than a year ago and the president has gone out to fulfil that appointment," Mr Charamba told Reuters on Tuesday.
"There is nothing more than that, nothing serious" he said, dismissing speculation that Mr Mugabe is struggling with his health. "He had a right eye operation a couple of years ago and he is going to have the other attended to now."