Mugabe In Another Singapore Stopover
President Robert Mugabe has made another unexplained stopover in Singapore from his five-day State visit to Japan.
The 92-year-old leader travelled to Japan at the invitation of that country’s Premier Shinzo Abe on March 23 to lure investment to Zimbabwe. But on his way to the Asian giant, he initially made a curious a four-day unofficial stopover in Singapore before his latest stoppage.
According to details of his latest trip as shown on flightradar24, an aircraft tracking site, Mugabe departed Osaka Kasai International Airport on March 31 at 1:22am heading for Singapore and landed at Changi Airport at 08:01am the same day aboard Air Zimbabwe Flight UM1 Boeing 767- 2 NO (ER), registration Z-WPF.
Mugabe’s stopover in Singapore, which has become his favourite destination for reported medical treatment, was now on its second day minus the four days he spent before he departed for Japan.
During the first stopover in Singapore, the Zanu-PF leader, who is travelling with his wife, Grace, left Singapore on Sunday March 27 at 09:55am and arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport at 15:50pm after a six-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean.
In Japan, Mugabe was captured on camera somewhat dozing off on the podium while the host premier was addressing the Press.
The video that has gone viral on YouTube and other social media platforms shows a frail-looking Mugabe in slumber before cameras. Opposition parties have reacted with anger saying Mugabe was embarrassing himself and Zimbabweans.