PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, enjoying a luxurious holiday in the Far East with his friends and family, is expected back in the country this week, Zanu PF sources have revealed.
The frail Zimbabwean leader, who turns 92 next month, left the country just before Christmas heading for an undisclosed Asian country for his vacation. Presidential spokesperson George Charamba could not be reached on his mobile.
But Information minister Chris Mushohwe on Friday said it was not the business of anyone to snoop into President Mugabe’s private visit.
“Why should I even be interested in his movements,” Mushohwe said. “He did not leave on official business. You cannot go on a private business and still tell people you are coming next week. He is on private vacation.”
When he flew out for his annual vacation, the veteran leader left his lieutenants scrounging around for funds to pay civil servants.
His apparent decision to turn his back on a burning country was slammed by his political opponents who accused him of lacking empathy for the same workforce that has propped up his administration.
If he returns this week, President Mugabe would have cut short his usually month long vacation by a week.
“Mugabe must be forced to stay on ‘leave’ forever! Calls for him to cut his leave short insinuate he has some solution to the national crisis in his sleeve when I honestly think he has none”, said Crisis coalition boss Phillan Zamchiya on his facebook wall.