Mugabe collapses at his mansion again
Zimbabwe’s 87 year old President, Robert Mugabe is reported to have collapsed once again at his Borrowdale mansion in Harare Tuesday evening according to the Zimbabwe Mail website.
The Zanu PF leader collapsed before he went to bed but “recovered after a routine work carried out by his medical team of experts and this morning he was said to be feeling a lot better.”
The First Family had just finished an evening prayer conducted by a well known senior Harare Cleric who is close to the family and the First Lady Grace Mugabe who is also reported to be not feeling well, went to bed while the President took sometime going through late night routine briefings with his aids.
Around 10:30pm, President Mugabe’s medical team was called in a rush from the Guest House where they now live.
Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa and his wife Gertrude arrived 30 minutes later. Gertrude, a retired army colonel and former Deputy Director in the Army medical Corps is the family nurse and soon after her arrival she took the responsibility of comforting the sobbing First Lady up until late this morning.
As part of the routine process in the last few months, an order was sent to Air Zimbabwe, the State national carrier to prepare for an emergency flight to Singapore for the President’s further treatment.
However, his medical team did a splendid job overnight and this morning he was reported to be feeling fine but he has held back on some State duties.
In April it was reported that Mugabe collapsed four times at his mansion and his family members, including his wife wept uncontrollably as they feared for the worse. His medical team is said to have played a very crucial role in resuscitating the 87 year old.
At the recent SADC Troika summit in Zambia, Mugabe needed the use of a golf cart to travel to and from his hotel room. He was accompanied on the trip by a team of some 60 security and medical aides. Those who managed to get close to Mugabe said his legs were swollen, suggesting heart or blood pressure problems.
Mugabe has traveled to Singapore five times since December to undergo medical treatment there.
The African National Congress, which serves as the chief mediator on Zimbabwe, said in an official newsletter that its mediators reported concerns that “should Mugabe die or retire” before constitutional reforms are complete, rivalry over his succession could delay elections meant to end the nation’s troubled two-year coalition.