22 January 2016

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Returns Home, Looks in Good Health

Photo: The Herald
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe returned home late Friday night after his month-long annual vacation in the Far East.

The veteran leader, who turns 92 next month, was claimed to have suffered health complications while abroad.

He however, appeared in good health as he walked unaided, greeting and chatting amiably with ministers, senior government officials and security services generals who lined up to welcome him at the Harare International Airport.

A video of the arrival posted by the state-owned Herald newspaper then shows him engaged in a briefing with acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa with wife Grace by his side.

Mugabe arrived after Equatorial Guinea leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema who jetted into Harare earlier in the day for talks with the Zimbabwean string-man who is also African Union chairman.

Opposition parties had demanded that Mugabe cut his vacation short and return home to deal with various crises which hit government as it failed to pay salaries for state workers.

A severe drought has also seen villagers around the country lose their livestock with many said to require food aid.

Government dismissed as lies online reports claiming Zanu PF leader suffered a heart attack while on his holiday.

Plans are also afoot for celebrations marking Mugabe's 92nd birthday next month with party officials saying the event, to be staged in Masvingo, will cost close to $1 million.

The opposition has demanded that the celebrations be cancelled and the money channeled towards buying grain to help alleviate hunger.

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