Robert Mugabe plane dash to Dubai sparks fears the Zimbabwe dictator, 92, is close to death

SPECULATION is mounting that Zimbabwean dictator has been taken ill.

Flight trackers recorded the plane of the African nation’s president making a sharp turn towards Dubai midway through a flight to Singapore.

Mugabe, 92, is known to regularly fly to the Far East for medical treatment due to his country’s ailing healthcare system.

But commentators have been at a loss to explain why the Air Zimbabwe plane diverted unexpectedly to the Middle East in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The jet had taken off from Harare for Singapore at 10.45pm on Tuesday.

President Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe’s jet between Harare and Singapore unexpectedly diverted to Dubai, sparking speculation the 92-year-old dictator had been taken ill
Mugabe takes a tumble

Speculation mounted when government officials refused to reveal why Mugabe’s jet had visited Dubai.

His spokesperson George Charamana said: “Each time you people don’t know the purpose of the President’s visit, there is always a default explanation that he is ill.

“So the life of the President springs between a known mission and illness. If I don’t tell you the purpose, it should be illness.

“I will not give you the purpose of the President’s visit to run away from the default explanation. This is not new.