"Mugabe not on deathbed"

President Robert Mugabe is expected home today and is reportedly in good health, quashing international media reports abuzz that the 88-year-old leader is battling for life at a hospital in Singapore.

Senior government officials and a close Mugabe relative today rubbished the reports that the president was at death’s door.

Instead, Mugabe reportedly travelled to Singapore a week ago for medical check-up.

Reports are that the president was now in Hong Kong on his way home.

State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi dismissed the international media reports as wishful thinking by Zimbabwe’s detractors.

Said Sekeramayi to NewsDay: “It’s just the wish of our detractors. The President is alive and well.”

His colleague in government, party and Cabinet Information minister Webster Shamu echoed similar sentiments saying the rumours were “hogwash.”

“It’s a lot of hogwash,” Shamu told AFP. “This is not the first time we have heard these rumours. If anything like that had happened we would have issued a statement.”

While the reports intimated Mugabe’s relatives were already by his bedside, his nephew Leo Mugabe said:

“There is nothing like that. I don’t know where those people are getting it from, but I think it’s the international media that is misinterpreting reports by prophets. I was called by people including some in South Africa on that issue, but there is nothing like that.”

NewsDay will keep you updated.

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