Mugabe alive and well, says Zimbabwean government
Zimbabwean officials yesterday dismissed reports that President Robert Mugabe had been hospitalised during a trip to Singapore as "hogwash".
Speculation that the 88-year-old leader was gravely ill swirled over the weekend, after opposition media asked why a second cabinet meeting in a week had been cancelled.
Yesterday, veteran state security minister Sydney Sekeramayi said: "It's just the wish of our detractors. The President is alive and well."
Information minister Webster Shamu said: "It's a lot of hogwash... He is well and should be back later today [Tuesday] or tomorrow, which is why the cabinet meeting was pushed to Thursday."
Lower-ranking politicians confirmed a state of confusion and worry in Harare. There has been speculation that the president had been rushed to Singapore after collapsing.
The president, who was last seen in public on 28 March, makes frequent visits to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, sometimes for weeks at a time.
The government has acknowledged that he receives medical care – such as treatment for cataracts – on some of those visits.
- 1 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin file for divorce after 10 years of marriage
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Tony Abbott tells Europe to 'stop the boats' like Australia as migrant crisis continues
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
£19000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Executive is re...
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The company was established in ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst...