President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was on Monday flown to Singapore for fresh “health check-ups”, NewsDay reports.
A government source was quoted as saying: “The President will travel to Singapore today (Monday) for the usual (treatment). He will likely come back on Friday or Saturday ahead of (former Chief Justice Godfrey) Chidyausiku’s burial”.
Mugabe moved the sitting of Cabinet from the traditional Tuesday to Monday so he could travel after it. State media reported at the weekend that Mugabe’s chief of staff Misheck Sibanda made the announcement.
According to NewsDay, with over four million citizens living on donor food handouts, industrial production virtually non-existent and citizens living in bank queues to access cash, Mugabe’s claims were viewed as indicating detachment from reality.
Mugabe’s trip comes a week after the President rejected the view that his country was “a fragile state” and declared that Zimbabwe, after South Africa, was the most developed in Africa.
Mugabe, 93, has been Zimbabwe’s leader since it got independence from Britain 37 years ago.