President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that his predecessor, former President Robert Mugabe has been detained at a Singapore hospital since April receiving treatment.
Ironically the government is sparing no expense on the medical treatment of the ruling elite despite the fact, that the national health system has collapsed and the elite do not deign to be treated locally. Mugabe has always preferred Singapore and the east while Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been to India, South Africa and is now currently in China on tax payers money.
Below is the statement from the President in its entirety,
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