Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe has been in hospital in Singapore for four months, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Mr Mnangagwa said the 95-year-old “founding father of our nation” had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment and was responding well.
In a statement released on Monday, he added:
“Unlike in the past when the former president would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept under observation for much longer from April this year when he left for his latest routine check-up.”
President Mnangagwa had announced in November that Mr Mugabe was unable to walk because of ill-health and old age.
When the government announced in April that he had gone to Singapore for medical treatment, it said that he was expected back home in mid-May.
Mr Mnangagwa said he had sent a team to Singapore last week to check on the former ruler, and that “because of the good progress he is making Mugabe could be released fairly soon”.
Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed and those who can afford it seek treatment in South Africa or further abroad.
Mr Mugabe during his time in power sought almost all his medical care in Singapore.
Mr Mnangagwa, who took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military – ending Mr Mugabe’s 37-year rule, went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.
Read statement below:
PRESS RELEASE BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, CDE E.D. MNANGAGWA, ON THE STATE OF HEALTH OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT, CDE R.G. MUGABE.
Former President and Founding Father of our Nation, Cde R.G. Mugabe, remains detained at a hospital in Singapore where he is receiving medical attention. Unlike in the past when the former President would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept under observation for much longer, from early April this year when he left for his latest routine check-up.
Last week, on 30th July, I sent on my own behalf a high-powered Team of officials led by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr M.J.M. Sibanda, to Singapore to check on the former President, and to get an update on his progress from the medical team attending to him, including any additional requirements towards his full care and speedy recovery. The Team included the former President’s personal physician, Professor Jonathan Matenga, and the Director-General in my Office, Ambassador Isaac Moyo.
From the Report the Team gave me at the weekend, I am greatly pleased to inform the Nation that the former President continues to make steady progress towards eventual recovery and that his condition is remarkably stable for his age. He is responding very well to all treatment. The team further advised that because of the good progress he is making, Cde Mugabe could be released fairly soon. Once that happens, Government stands ready with appropriate and adequate arrangements for both his return and continued care and treatment here at home respectively, until he recovers fully.
The former President who was in high spirits, and his family, greatly appreciated Government’s concern and continued support towards his medical care and recovery, which we all hope will be more rapid going forward.
In the meantime, I urge all our Church leaders to continue to lead our Nation in praying for his full recovery and good health.
May God continue to bless him and our Nation.
E. D. Mnangagwa
5th August, 2019