Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe arrived home on Saturday after an overseas absence that led to rumours that the 92-year-old is dead.
“It is true that I was dead,” the world’s oldest head of state said. “And I resurrected. As I always do.”
“Are we speaking to a ghost?” someone queried.
“Once I get back to my country, I am real,”‘ Mugabe said.
The president had not been seen since early on Tuesday after a regional summit.
Flight data indicated his plane went to Dubai after the original flight path indicated a course towards Asia.
The president has received treatment in Singapore in the past.
His spokesman had denied reports that President Mugabe, the target of near-daily protests in recent weeks, was ill. The president cleared the air on Saturday that he had been away to attend to family matters. He later had a youth meeting at his ruling party’s headquarters.
His absenteeism had raised the level of uncertainly in this southern African country already in political and economic crisis.
Frustration has been rising in Zimbabwe over economic recession and allegations of government corruption.
On Thursday Police banned protests in the capital for 2 weeks, the day before demonstration organized by a newly formed coalition of opposition groups.
Mugabe has been in power since the year 1980, and many in Zimbabwe have known no other leader apart from Mugabe in their lifetime. He has said he would run again in elections cum 2018.
Recently, his wife, Grace, said Mugabe would rule even from the grave.
SOURCE: home.bt.com news