Mugabe back in Zim after medical visit to Singapore

The state broadcaster said the president was looking upbeat and jovial defying claims that he'd had a serious health scare.

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe and Mrs Grace Mugabe arriving at Waterkloof AirForce Base ahead of their state visit to South Africa on 7 April 2015. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is back in Zimbabwe after a medical visit to Singapore.

The state broadcaster said the president was looking upbeat and jovial defying claims in the local press that he'd had a serious health scare.

The state ZBC broadcaster is reporting that Mugabe arrived back at six this morning.

The president, accompanied by his daughter Bona, was said to have chatted with his two vice presidents, and army service chiefs who turned out to welcome him home.

This is something of a victory for the government and for state media.

Mugabe's spokesman had insisted that this was a scheduled medical check-up and not an emergency.

Two reporters were arrested Friday and charged with insulting the president after they published a story suggesting Mugabe was seriously ill.