“The president left for Singapore on Friday,” said Charamba.
“He went for a review following a small medical procedure he underwent while on holiday in that country. He had a cataract in his eye so that was removed and he was asked to return by opticians.”
Charamba said the veteran ruler would be back home in time for his 87th birthday on February 21.
Last month, a British newspaper reported that Mugabe had undergone a prostate operation in Malaysia, but on his return Mugabe dismissed the media reports as “naked lies. ” However sources in the capital say the former guerrilla leader has not been well for some time and age is also catching up with him.
“ Its always expected of an old man like Mugabe to be in and out of hospital.If he was just an ordinary man in the village, he would be dead but since he is a president, he gets the best medical care, ” said the source.
Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, has been nominated by his party to stand again for president in elections expected later this year, which will end his shaky power-sharing government with long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai.