Cancer-stricken Robert Mugabe is ‘fighting for his life’ in Singapore hospital (Daily Mail)

Zimbabwean tyrant ‘close to death’
He is believed to be suffering from prostate cancer
Close family members are at his bedside
Mugabe has already greed to hand over power to Defence Minister
Emmerson Mnangagwa

By Daily Mail Reporter

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe was said to be close to death tonight.

The 88-year-old, who is believed to be suffering from prostate cancer,
flew to Singapore by private jet on Saturday for treatment.

His wife, Grace, and close family members are reported to be at his bedside.
Vigil: Robert Mugabe’s family are with him as the Zimbabwean leader,
who is said to be close to death, battles cancer in a Singapore
hospital

Vigil: Robert Mugabe’s family are with him as the Zimbabwean leader,
who is said to be close to death, battles cancer in a Singapore
hospital

The tyrant has undergone several bouts of therapy in Asia in recent years.

But his condition has now deteriorated and there were claims tonight
that he has agreed to hand over power to his feared henchman and
defence minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Rumours over Mugabe’s health have been rife in recent weeks because of
his frail appearance. There was heightened speculation today when the
Zimbabwe government postponed a cabinet meeting at the last minute.

The Zimbabwe Mail, quoting a senior official of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF
party, said the leader, who has ruled the country since its
independence from Britain in 1980, was undergoing intensive treatment
in Asia.

Mugabe was supposedly in Singapore to oversee his daughter Bona’s
enrolment at university.

But registration does not start until September and opponents said it
was unlikely he would travel abroad to deal with such a matter in
person.

Sources in Iran, which has a warm relationship with Zimbabwe, said
Mugabe had agreed on his successor.

The Tehran Times said the tyrant had entered into a ‘gentleman’s
agreement’ to hand over power to 65-year-old Mnangagwa, who helped
orchestrate the violent opposition to Britain in the 1970s.

The former Zimbabwe intelligence chief was also widely blamed for the
brutality following the 2008 presidential election after Mugabe’s
rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, took an early lead in the voting.

He is also thought to have played a major role in the crackdown of the
opposition Zapu party in the 1980s that left thousands of civilians
dead.

There was no comment on Mugabe’s health tonight from either his family
or from the Zimbabwe government.Mugabe’s aides have denied there is a
medical emergency, claiming he is enjoying an Easter break in Asia
with his family.

But Zimbabwe’s vice president, Joice Mujuru, has reportedly cut short
her trip to Asia to return home and prepare for the possibility of
Mugabe’s death.

The tyrant is understood to have travelled to Singapore eight times
last year for medical treatment. A diplomatic cable released last year
by Wikileaks said Mugabe was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008
and given five years to live because it had spread.

He is said to have defied pleas from his own doctors to step down.
Taking over? It’s been reported that Mugabe entered into a
‘gentleman’s agreement’ to hand over power to Emmerson Mnangagwa

Taking over? It’s been reported that Mugabe entered into a
‘gentleman’s agreement’ to hand over power to Emmerson Mnangagwa

His ailing health has been cited as the main reason that a hard line
faction of his ZANU-PF party has pushed to rush through new elections.

The Zimbabwe Mail quoted a British-based Zimbabwe analyst, who wished
to remain anonymous, as saying: ‘Mugabe’s health impacts entirely on
Zimbabwe’s political landscape. Everything revolves around his health
and his age.’

In February, Mugabe declared himself ‘fit as a fiddle’. Last month he
celebrated his 88th birthday with a lavish party in the capital,
Harare, reputed to have cost £650,000.

The leader was said to have feasted on a cake in the shape of a crocodile.

Mugabe was hailed as a hero by many Africans when he came to power 32
years ago with Zimbabwe looked on as a model for a successful
transition from white rule.

But the nation’s fortunes have plunged together with Mugabe’s reputation.

He is now regarded as one of the world’s worst human rights abusers.
He has been accused of murdering thousands of his own citizens and
brutally crushing all opposition to his rule.

His policies have also been blamed for driving Zimbabwe into bankruptcy.
Mugabe’s land reforms in particular, leading to violent seizures from
white farmers, have been harshly criticised by the British and
American governments.

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