PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe reportedly flew in four doctors from Singapore to attend to him ahead of the Heroes Day and Defence Forces Day commemorations, it has emerged.
By Elias Mambo
Mugabe (92) is battling prostate cancer and eye problems. He frequently travels to Singapore for treatment at the state-of-the-art Gleneagles Hospital.
Government sources said the doctors arrived last week and treated Mugabe ahead of his public appearance at the National Heroes Acre on Monday where he officiated on Heroes Day.
Mugabe also officiated at the Defence Forces Day commemorations at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.
“Mugabe’s health continues to be of concern and authorities felt he needed to be seen by his doctors before officiating at the Heroes and Defence Forces events,” a government official. “He is supposed to undergo a urinary tract surgical operation in Singapore soon.”
Mugabe last travelled to Singapore on June 2 after attending the 8th summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Papua New Guinea.
He also visited the Far East country after attending the Fort Hare University centenary celebrations on May 22.
Government sources also said that Mugabe was spending less time in the office due to the combination of old age and ill-health which has slowed him down over the years.
His diminishing health status was reflected by his dramatic fall at the Harare International Airport in January last year while returning from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he had taken over the rotational African Union chairmanship. He tumbled while getting off from a podium after addressing ministers, security service chiefs and Zanu PF supporters.
He also showed signs of worsening frailty when he stumbled backwards before being assisted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and aides to scale a small step while attending the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, India, in October last year.