6 January 2014

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Denies Mugabe 'Collapse'

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President Robert Mugabe (file photo).

ZANU PF has strongly denied reports that Robert Mugabe's health has seriously deteriorated, in the midst of rumours that the soon to be 90 year old had 'collapsed'.

The party's deputy director of information, Psychology Maziwisa, told the News24 website that the reports came from "prophets of doom who were motivated by malice".

"Certainly there is nothing new about these reports as we hear about them every year. Our president in very much alive and we will be celebrating his birthday in a month's time. He is as fit as a fiddle," said Maziwisa.

The internet rumour mill was sent into overdrive on Sunday after claims that the security presence at Mugabe's official residence, State House, had been increased in the wake of his 'collapse'.

All reports were based on claims made by the still faceless online 'whistleblower' Baba Jukwa, a social media character who alleges to be a ZANU PF insider.

Baba Jukwa rose to internet notoriety in the run up to the elections last year by revealing 'insider information' about ZANU PF officials.

But since the elections, Baba Jukwa has been all but silent.

Meanwhile, speculation about Mugabe's health has been rife for years, amid reports that he has been struggling with prostate cancer. His party has denied all reports of ill-health, despite the ZANU PF leader turning 90 years old next month.

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