Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is currently in Singapore for a ‘medical checkup’ and is expected to return next week, his office said on Thursday.
Mugabe, who celebrated his 93rd birthday at a lavish ceremony last week, left the his country on Wednesday morning Africa Review reported.
The President’s spokesman, George Charamba, said the veteran leader left for Singapore “for a scheduled medical review.”
“We expect him back in the country early next week,” he added.
According to Africa Review, President Mugabe flies to Singapore regularly for treatment but denies reports that he suffers from prostate cancer. In the past he has revealed that he had eye cataract treatment in Asia.
Mugabe was in Asia for his annual vacation in December returning in late January, where he is believed to have sought medical treatment, though the government could not confirm.
His latest trip to Singapore has angered some Zimbabweans as it comes at a time when government doctors and nurses have boycotted work over pay.
Critics also argue that the money Mugabe spend to seek treatment abroad could be used to improve the working conditions of nurses and doctors locally.
Zimbabwe’s medics have long grappled with poor working conditions and salaries which are often paid late.
Recall that another African leader President Buhari of Nigeria has been in London since January 19, 2017 where he went for a vacation that later turned to be a medical vacation.