The Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that former President Robert Mugabe has been receiving medical treatment in Singapore for the last two months and is no longer able to walk.
Mugabe, 94, who ruled the country for nearly four decades since independence from Britain in 1980, was forced to resign in November 2017 after an army coup.
Speaking to ZANU-PF supporters, Mnangagwa said his predecessor had been due to return on October 15, 2018 but his poor health delayed the journey. He however did not disclose the treatment Mugabe had been undergoing.
Referring to Mugabe by his totem name, Gushungo, Mnangagwa said:
“We have just received a message that he is better now and will return on Nov. 30. He can no longer walk but we will continue taking care of him.
During his later years in power, Mugabe made several medical trips to Singapore.
Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract, denying frequent reports by private local media that he had prostate cancer.
Mnangagwa, who won a disputed July 30 presidential vote, repeated the army’s previous justification for last year’s coup, saying his former mentor Mugabe had been surrounded by criminals.