President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical treatment, in his third such visit this year, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Saskia O’Donoghue reports.
(REUTERS / SABC POOL / NON-ALIGNED SUMMIT POOL / RUSSIAN POOL / GOVERNMENT TV / THESTANDARD.CO.NZ WEBSITE) – Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical treatment – for the third time this year.
The Zimbabwe Standard newspaper reported the president’s visit, but the government refused to comment on the reason for the trip.
At 93, Mugabe is Africa’s oldest ruler.
He last visited Singapore in May for what his spokesman said then was treatment for eye problems.
Despite growing concerns about his health, Mugabe has taken more than ten trips abroad this year and wants to seek another five-year term in office in 2018.
He has ruled the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.
The government has denied he falls asleep in meetings, saying that he’s merely resting his eyes.
Mugabe has racked up more than 200,000 air miles since the start of 2016.
He spent $53 million on foreign trips last year, more than double the initial budget of $23 million, according to government data.