President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed that Singaporean doctors who were treating the late former President Robert Mugabe gave up on treatment due to his advanced age and the fact that cancer had spread.
Addressing ZANU PF supporters in New York where he is attending the United Nations Annual General Assembly, President Mnangagwa said:
In fact, when we discussed the issue (Mugabe’s illness), it turned out that treatment had stopped, doctors had stopped treatment, chemotherapy, one, because of age and also because cancer had spread and it was not helping anymore.
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He would have come back home, but the family said they wanted to remain. Of course, they would have wanted me to come to Singapore, but also we had our Vice President General (Constantino) Chiwenga, who is in a military hospital in Beijing, who was going into a major operation and those two demands.
The nonagenarian eventually passed away on 6 September 2019. His body was transported from Singapore a few days later but is yet to be buried as a mausoleum for his burial is still being built.