Zimbabwean opposition parties have reportedly accused President Robert Mugabe, 93, of “running the country from a hospital bed after the nonagenarian flew out of the country for “routine medical check-ups” over the weekend.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the parties demanded the “immediate retirement” of the veteran leader.

Spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Obert Gutu said that Mugabe’s retirement was long overdue.

Gutu said that Mugabe was no longer young and the “punishing schedule that he gives himself isn’t good for his physical, mental and emotional health”.

On the other hand, the Tendai Biti led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume, said that Mugabe should just relocate to Singapore as the Southeast Asian country had become his home.

Mugabe’s medical trips to Singapore have become more frequent in recent years. His previous visit was in May and it was also said to be for a “routine medical check-up”.

In 2011 and 2014 he had eye surgery in a hospital in the Southeast Asian country.

Mugabe now walks with difficulty and sometimes dozes off during meetings.-News24

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