09:29 pm
20 October 2016

Zimbabwean Govt Dismisses Rumors of Mugabe’s “Heart Attack” and “Critical Condition”

A UK newspaper has run with a report that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has suffered a heart attack while on holiday.

According to the The Daily Star, rumours of Mugabe suffering a heart attack are circulating.

He was said to be on holiday with family and friends when he took ill, the website reported.

While unconfirmed, the website further reports that high level meetings are being held regarding the statesman’s health.

Meanwhile Zimbabwean state owned newspaper, The Herald, said vice president Emmerson Mnangwagwa had been appointed acting president.

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, attends the burial of Major General Bandama who died after a short illness at the National Heroes acre in Harare, Thursday, July, 17, 2014. Mugabe in his speech praised Zimbabwean surgeons who successfully separated conjoined twin babies  a first for the country's run down health service. Mugabe, 90, in power since 1980 blames the poor state of  health services on sanctions imposed by the EU and US which accuse him of human rights abuses and electoral fraud.  (Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The presidency had released a statement confirming this and stating Mugabe was on his traditional annual vacation. The statement was released two days ago.

The reports of the President’s heart attack are not new. They come after he was believed to have died in 2014. Bloggers and sensational media houses always want to gain attention by suggesting his death whenever Mugabe goes on his annual leave in the far east.

Mugabe has always bragged, in a jocular manner of course, that he beat Jesus Christ because he has ‘died’ and resurrected many times.

Rumours about his health circulated for several weeks  in 2013 with some websites suggesting the veteran leader was seriously ill, while others even said he had died.

However the Zimbabwean dictator was in fact spending two weeks of his annual leave in Singapore.

To put the rumours to rest he made a public appearance to mourn his 78-year-old sister Bridget, who died in Harare after three years in a coma.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980.