Robert Mugabe Health Deteriorates, Rushed To Dubai
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was rushed to Dubai early Wednesday morning, amid amid reports of deteriorating health conditions.
This was after he abandoned a regional summit in Swaziland midway and took a one hour break before jetting off to Dubai.
According to online flight data, Mugabe landed in Dubai at 7:20am local time, after taking off on a chartered Air Zimbabwe plane, Boeing 767-2N0 (ER) UM1, at Harare International Airport at 10:45pm on Tuesday.
This was about three hours after touching down from Swaziland, where he left the 36th Sadc Heads of State and Government Summit, which ended on Tuesday evening.
The country’s privately owned NewsDay newspaper quoted an unnamed government official saying President Mugabe was going to Dubai for ‘medical attention.’
State controlled media, which on Monday had reported the president’s departure for Mbabane, did not say anything about the Dubai trip.
President Mugabe frequently travels to Singapore for treatment.
In the past, he has denied reports that he suffers from prostate cancer and says he only goes to the Far East for eye treatment.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Defence minister Sydney Sekeremayi today said the country’s security forces were in control after a series of protests against President Robert Mugabe’s rule.
Protesters clashed with riot police last Wednesday and Friday after the law enforcement agents violently broke up demonstrations in the capital Harare.