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Never one to ignore an opportunity to travel abroad, President Robert Mugabe flew out of Harare on Tuesday to attend some conference in Japan.

Sources however, said the veteran leader would pass through Singapore where he has regularly travelled to for medical attention.

Earlier in the week presidential spokesman George Charamba told a local daily that he was not aware Mugabe intended to pass through Singapore.

“The President will travel to the Far East on a State visit. Whether he will make a stopover, where and for what, I can’t tell you,” said Charamba.

State radio reported that Mugabe left Harare Tuesday for Japan where he would to attend the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

He was seen off at Harare International Airport by his two deputies Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Phelekezela Mphoko as well as several senior government officials.

Mugabe is chairman of the regional SADC grouping as well as the African Union and probably consider that he should represent the continent at international meetings.

But critics said the 91-year-old leader’s constant absences were a security risk for the country.

“He is aged, old and frail and normally as in other countries, he would have retired. What is not clear is why he is still clinging to power,” political commentator Ibbo Mandaza told a local daily.

“It is a dangerous situation. Politically, you cannot leave a person acting all the time.”

The Mugabes were in Singapore from December through to February for their regular annual holiday which was extended due to First Lady Grace Mugabe undergoing an operation for appendicitis.

Source : New Zimbabwe