Mugabe back in Zim

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IOL pic apr11 zimbabwe robert mugabe Reuters (File image) Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's president has arrived home from Asia under intense speculation about his health.

Robert Mugabe's party dismissed reports he had been gravely ill as “a lot of hogwash” by hostile Western media organisations. He was met at the airport by party leaders and military chief under normal protocol and did not speak to waiting reporters.

The 88-year-old has made ten trips to Singapore in the past 16 months, reportedly for medical treatment for cancer.

His office says Mugabe left Harare on March 31 to supervise post graduate studies for his daughter Bona, 22, in Hong Kong.

Speculation on his health came after a popular Nigerian preacher claimed to prophesy the imminent deaths of elderly, autocratic southern African rulers. Malawi's 78-year-old president then died on April 5. - Sapa-AP

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