An unconfirmed report published on an online publication says that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is actively considering successors after his doctor told him he is losing the battle against cancer.
The African Aristocract reported that his urologist Awang Kechick visited him in Zimbabwe and told him that his condition is advancing faster than any treatment could delay it.
The report says that Mugabe has been struggling with undisclosed health issues for a long while, although he has returned to public life looking healthy. However, his health has deteriorated dramatically in the last months, with some images showing him unable to walk without help during a recent trip to Uganda.
Mugabe’s condition is allegedly so volatile that his physicians don’t leave his side, and the State House has been equipped with state-of-the-art resuscitation facilities.
There are also assertions that Zanu-PF officials ‘are aware’ of Mugabe’s ill health, and the succession issue has been high on the list of topics recently.
According to the article, Mugabe seems to have surprised everyone by dumping presidential hopefuls and selecting Simba Makoni.
Makoni left the Zanu-PF to start his own party, and he seems to have support from both the Zanu-PF and its opposition the MDC, as well as the media.
If Mugabe wins the elections in 2011 and institutes Makoni as president, Makoni will most certainly make an impression with the public, while, with Zimbabwe’s economic growth due to increase over the coming five years, he will also take credit for these developments.
This might be bad news for the MDC though, as four years is enough to rebrand the current ruling party.