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Ailing Robert Mugabe in Singapore for treatment

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According to the current president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former president is currently in Singapore to receive treatment.

“He has not been feeling well. At the age of 95, I think he is reasonably in good health. Currently he is not in the country. He left on April 2 to Singapore, he will be away for about 29 days and he will come back,” Mnangagwa revealed during an interview on Saturday.

“I am making sure that I do the facilitation for him to receive treatment, taking him to Singapore and to bring him back, all the facilities, I make sure that it is done.”

Mugabe was overthrown in 2017 after a military coup took over the country. The military took over the country’s national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), and the capital city to unseat Mugabe, who had been ruling the country for 37 years.

Emmerson Mnangagwa came into power on November 2017 after Mugabe announced his retirement.

Mnangagwa later won the disputed toll on 30 July 2018 and has been struggling to save the unstable economy of the country from collapse.

Mugabe had been keeping a low profile until the news of his treatment in Singapore were revealed by Mnangwagwa.

The pair still have a volatile relationship and during his 95th birthday, in February, Mugabe called him a “cruel man” and urged him to remove the army from civil matters.

The new president is also struggling to gain the trust of the public. According to the Freedom in the World Report on political rights and civil liberties by Freedom House Zimbabwe has returned to a pre-coup situation.

“Zimbabwe’s political system returned in some ways to its pre-coup status quo, as the ruling Zanu PF party won deeply flawed general elections following the military’s ouster of long time President Robert Mugabe in 2017.

“Despite Mnangagwa’s pledges to respect political institutions and govern in the interest of all Zimbabweans, his new administration has shown few signs that it is committed to fostering genuine political competition, and it has continued to enforce laws that limit expression,” the report says.

A report released in January by the Zimbabwe council of churches (ZCC) revealed that 70% of the people have no confidence in the current administration.

“Many people have a low opinion of the willingness and capability of government and other leaders to resolve pressing challenges due to lack of clarity of communication on the nature of the problems and how they are being addressed,” the report says.

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