Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is still hospitalized in Singapore where he has been undergoing treatment for an “undisclosed illness”, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a statement.
The 95 year old who ruled Zimbabwe for 38 years has been in hospital since April when he visited for his last routine checkup, the president said in a press statement.
He noted that Mugabe, who has routinely made such visits for his treatment in the past only required a month or so before returning to his duties but his physicians detained him for observation for much longer.
“Founding president and founding father of our nation (comrade) Robert Mugabe remains detained at a hospital in Singapore where he is receiving medical attention,” said Mnangagwa .
“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 April this year when he left for his latest routine check-up.” He added in his statement.
Information on what ails the former president is scant. However, he has visited Singapore previously indicating that he was suffering eye cataracts.
Mnangagwa had in November last year announced that Mugabe was unable to walk because of old age and ill-health.
He said last week, he sent a team including his chief secretary to the cabinet to check on the infirm last week and they returned with an encouraging message.
“His condition is remarkably stable for his age. He is responding very well to all treatment,” said Mnangangwa.
Mugabe who enjoyed power for more than three decades was ousted in a coup in 2017, where Mnangagwa took over and was subsequently elected as president.