Mugabe’s health :Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe’s health has seriously worsen, and the 94-year-old form leader is unable to walk because of ill-health, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
However, Mugabe has been in Singapore for treatment for an undisclosed illness for the past two months, he added.
Looking at Mugabe’s medical history, the former president also made several medical trips there towards the end of his time in power.
Mr Mugabe had been in power for 37 years, first as prime minister, then as president.
He led the movement for Zimbabwean independence from white minority rule.
President Mnangagwa was addressing a rally in his predecessor’s home area when he talked about the former leader’s health.
“He is now old. Of course, he now is unable to walk but whatever he asks for we will provide,” the AFP news agency quotes him as saying.
When Mr Mugabe was in power officials said he was being treated for eye problems, denying rumours that he had cancer.
Mr Mugabe, 94, who ruled the southern African nation for nearly four decades since independence from Britain in 1980, was forced to resign in November 2017 after an army coup.
Mr Mnangagwa told ruling ZANU-PF supporters at a rally in Murombedzi, Mr Mugabe’s village some 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Harare, his predecessor had been due to return on October 15 but that his poor health had delayed the journey.
He did not say what treatment Mr Mugabe had been undergoing. “We have just received a message that he is better now and will return on November 30.
“He can no longer walk but we will continue taking care of him,” Mr Mnangagwa said, referring to Mr Mugabe by his totem name Gushungo.
Despite being unable to walk, Mr Mnangagwa said the former leader was feeling better and would be back in the country next week.
“We are looking after him. He is the founding father of the nation of Zimbabwe. He is our founding father of free Zimbabwe,” the president added, AFP reports.
The government is paying for Mr Mugabe’s treatment.
After taking over from him last year, Mr Mnangagwa won a disputed presidential election in July.