Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe’s emergency flight to Asia has given rise to rumors that Mugabe is sick.
The premise that President Mugabe is sick was proven with the use of an online flight tracking service. According to the data on the website, Mugabe’s flight touched down in Dubai after making a sharp detour from its initial destination to *.
As seen on flight radar, the flight seems to be heading to Singapore over the Indian ocean, but makes a sharp turn and ends up in Dubai.
The President was attending the 36th South Africa Development Community (SADC) summit which held from 17th to 31st August in Swaziland. Contrary to his usual tradition, he left the SADC summit before the end. Upon landing in Zimbabwe, the president took off again not less than three hours after he returned from Swaziland.
The promptness in his departures has made many to speculate that it was a health emergency. Opposition politician, David Coltart commented:
“I am told that the suddenness of the transition from the point where it changes its route to when it lands in Dubai (if you follow the tracking you will understand what I mean) is an indication that the transponder of the aircraft was turned off.” –
“What all this means I have no idea but it does appear as if a sudden decision was made to re-route to Dubai on Tuesday night. According to Flightradar the Air Zimbabwe 767 registration Z-WPF is still at Dubai,” Coltart added on his Facebook profile.
President Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, however, failed to give a clear comment on the purpose of Mugabe’s trip to Dubai. He rather stated that he would allow the media to give their own explanation/perception of Mugabe’s trip to Dubai.