Ailing Robert Mugabe under medical care in Singapore, unable to walk: Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical care. The 94-year-old is now unable to walk because of ill health and old age.
Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical care. The 94-year-old is now unable to walk because of ill health and old age.PHOTO: REUTERS

ZVIMBA (AFP) - Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical care and now unable to walk because of ill health and old age, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday (Nov 24).

Mr Mnangagwa told his ZANU-PF party supporters at a rally that the 94-year-old Mugabe had been receiving medical care in Singapore for the past two months.

"He (Mugabe) is now old. Of course, he now is unable to walk but whatever he asks for we will provide," Mr Mnangagwa told hundreds of supporters in Mr Mugabe's home area of Zvimba, about 100km west of the capital Harare.

"We are looking after him. He is the founding father of the nation of Zimbabwe. He is our founding father of free Zimbabwe."

He said Mr Mugabe was expected back in the country at the end of this month.

"He should have been back on Oct 25 but his health was not yet good," Mr Mnangagwa said.

"But yesterday we got a message that he thinks he is getting better. He will come back on 30 November."

 
 

This month marked a year after Mr Mugabe was toppled in a brief military intervention to end his 37-year grip on power.

Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mr Mugabe and was elected in disputed July 30 elections. He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe's ailing economy by attracting much needed foreign direct investment.