PhotoNEWS: Mugabe then, Mugabe Now

Robert Mugabe in Singapore Hospital with his son Robert Jr.

Former Zimbabwe leader, Robert Mugabe has been on admission in a Singapore hospital since April, ailing. He is now wheelchair-bound and photos emanating from his hospital do not indicate that he will get well soon.

In November 2018, his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa had told Zimbabweans that the 95 year old leader was paralysed. Mugabe was on admission then in Singapore. He returned home only to be flown back in April.

Mugabe with Grace and son

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 5 August pronounced on Mugabe’s latest health status and the efforts by his government to help in his rehabilitation

Read Mnangagwa’s statement:

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.

February 2018, Mugabe and Grace with AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

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, the 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 the Government’s concern and continued support towards his medical care and recovery, which we all hope will be more rapid going forward.

Mugabe before the ravages of old age takes its toll

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