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Mugabe family fumes over sick Robert Jnr

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By Nkosana Dlamini

Late former President Robert Mugabe’s family has come out fuming over what it claims are inaccurate media reports suggesting Robert Junior flew out recently to Singapore chiefly for treatment.

Robert Jnr, the older of the two sons to the country’s long-time ruler, is currently hospitalised in the Asian country after suffering a lung collapse.

Speaking exclusively to Zimstar News Tuesday, Leo Mugabe, who has been the media point person on matters relating to the former First Family, said Robert Jnr’s ailment was an unexpected misfortune that befell him when he was out on a private trip.

“I have problems with some journalists. Tino (Robert Jnr’s other name) was travelling on his own private business and he suddenly fell sick.

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“Naturally, he had to seek treatment at the nearest hospital which at that time happened to be where he was physically.

“Under such emergency, honestly, he could not jump onto the next plane back home to seek treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital,” said the nephew to the former State leader.

Zimbabwe’s conventional and social media went into overdrive Sunday when images of a bedridden Robert Jnr went viral.

Locals were quick to blame the 30-year-old Mugabe offspring for pressing on with his father’s legacy of seeking treatment in better managed health care systems abroad while the majority was left to die in poorly equipped health institutions locally.

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Mugabe died 2018 in Singapore where he constantly sought treatment for many ailments.

He has been blamed by opponents for presiding over the collapse of the country’s health delivery system.

Leo Mugabe said it was unfair for local media to attach government’s failures on an “innocent boy”.

“Targeting an innocent boy like Tino and attaching his situation on the failures of government is just way improper,” he said.

The ex-Zimbabwe football administrator also said the Mugabe family remained in full support of the present government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, contrary to some media reports the former first family was unhappy with the incumbent administration.

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