Robert Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe saying he was dead but is now resurrected

Robert Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe saying he was dead but is now resurrected

Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe arrived home today after an overseas absence that led to rumours about a health crisis, joking to reporters: "Yes, I was 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 asked him.

"Once I get back to my country, I am real," Mr Mugabe said.

The president had not been seen since leaving a regional summit early on Tuesday.

Flight data showed his plane went to Dubai after the original flight path indicated a course toward Asia.

Mr Mugabe has received treatment in Singapore in the past.

His spokesman had denied reports that Mr Mugabe, the target of near-daily protests in recent weeks, was ill. The president told people on Saturday he had been away attending to family matters. He later addressed a youth meeting at his ruling party's headquarters.

His absence had raised the level of uncertainly in this southern African country already in economic and political turmoil.

Frustration has been rising in Zimbabwe over a plummeting economy and allegations of government corruption.

Police on Thursday banned protests in the capital for two weeks, on the eve of a demonstration planned by a newly formed coalition of opposition groups.

Mr Mugabe has been in power since 1980, and many in Zimbabwe have known no other leader in their lifetime. He has said he would run again in elections in 2018.

Recently, his wife, Grace, said Mr Mugabe would rule from the grave.

More in this Section

Brexit Party takes action over ‘racist’ comments by activistsBrexit Party takes action over ‘racist’ comments by activists

36 players cleared in Spain match-fixing trial36 players cleared in Spain match-fixing trial

Sixty firefighters tackle large blaze in Glasgow city centreSixty firefighters tackle large blaze in Glasgow city centre

13 feared dead with 'no signs of life' on White Island after volcanic eruption13 feared dead with 'no signs of life' on White Island after volcanic eruption


Lifestyle

As David Attenborough announces new series on plants, we run down some of the weird and wonderful vegetation he might include.11 bizarre plant species from around the world

The weather’s always going to be a key factor on any wedding day — but especially so when the bride works for Met Éireann, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Bride and groom are literally on cloud nine

My wife and I are in our fifties and she has just started using porn. She thinks it will enhance our sex life if we watch it together, but I find the idea a total turn-off.Suzi Godson's Sex Advice: My wife wants us to watch porn together?

As you probably have heard by now, changes to the rules concerning gift vouchers in Ireland came into effect earlier this month, giving consumers more rights when it comes to these popular items.Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner