Former President Robert Mugabe in hospital in Singapore since April

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe remains hospitalized in Singapore where he has been receiving medical care for four months, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday.

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Mnangagwa said in a statement that the 95-year-old Mugabe has been receiving medical care for an undisclosed condition, and is responding well to treatment.

“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 for much longer, from early April this year when he left for his routine check-up,” a statement from Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa, announced in November last year that Mugabe was  unable to walk because of ill-health and old age, claimed he had sent a team, including chief secretary to cabinet Misheck Sibanda, to Singapore last week to check on the former ruler.

“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,” Mnangagwa said.

The team that visited Mugabe reported that he was “responding well to treatment” and that “because of the good progress he is making (comrade) Mugabe could be released fairly soon.”

Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed and those who can afford, seek treatment in South Africa or further abroad.

Mugabe, during his time in power, sought almost all his medical care in Singapore.

Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.

He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe’s ailing economy by attracting much needed foreign direct investment but months after his election, the ghost of the country’s past economic woes have returned to haunt it, including shortages of bread and fuel and power cuts lasting up to 18 hours.

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