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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has again jetted off to Singapore, in a trip that will likely spark renewed speculation about his health.

According to a statement released Wednesday by presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, Mugabe will be in Singapore for a week.

“President Robert Mugabe left for Singapore this afternoon for a week long private visit to that country. During his visit the President will undergo a routine eye check-up following a recent procedure on the same,” said Charamba.

Speculation continues to swirl around Mugabe’s health after another visit to Singapore in February this year and a litany of cabinet meeting postponements in the past few months.

The 90 year-old leader has been to the Far East more than seven times year in the past three years alone, and had problems with opening his right hand eye during his Independence Day speech last month.

His latest jaunt is once again likely to torch animated discussion around his health.

In 2011 Charamba was forced to reveal that his boss had gone for an eye cataract operation. This is despite earlier claims he had travelled on personal business and to sort out his daughter’s post-graduate registration papers.

Media reports two years ago revealed that Mugabe’s former coalition partner and then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai unwittingly let the cat out of the bag when he told a World Health Day gathering in Zvishavane that the then 88-year-old had confided in him that the much-talked about trip to Singapore was for a medical check-up.

“We all have stages. There is a time when we should all respect the aged, mothers, fathers and grandfathers, because they are old.

“According to our culture, young people have to look after the old,” Tsvangirai said then of his political foe at the same time reprimanding Mugabe’s critics of not being cognisant of the Zimbabwean leader’s age.

Whistle blower website, WikiLeaks, released a cable in which aides told an American ambassador James Mcgee in 2008 that the octogenarian leader had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that doctors had given him three to five years to live.

Mugabe’s health problems have heightened tensions in Zanu PF over the veteran leader’s likely successor with Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and deputy president Joice Mujuru said to be the front-runners.

Zanu PF goes to its elective congress in December this year with Mugabe likely to hold on to the levers of power.

Source : New Zimbabwe