Zimbabwe defends Mugabe’s trip to Singapore for medical check-up

Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba says President Robert Mugabe’s eyes need advanced detection that isn’t available at home.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical treatment, once more raising questions about his health and prompting criticism over his decision to get treated abroad.

Mugabe’s spokesman says he’s only getting specialised treatment for his eyes that isn’t available in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba says the president is attended to by a black Zimbabwean physician in Zimbabwe for everything but his eyes.

He says Mugabe’s eyes need advanced detection that isn’t available at home.

There is regular criticism from Zimbabweans over Mugabe’s fairly frequent trips to Singapore for medical check-ups.

Mugabe left for Singapore on Monday, his second trip for medical reasons in two months.

Charamba says it was Mugabe’s eye doctors who pushed him into going to Singapore and that other first world leaders also travel there for medical treatment.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)