Frail looking Mugabe returns home on a wheel chair – Sources

HARARE,- The frail looking President Robert Mugabe returned home on Sunday from Singapore where he had been rushed for cancer radiation therapy amid reports that he has been sighted on a wheel chair under very tight security at Harare International Airport.

Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba said Mugabe had gone for an eye check-up following a cataract, a claim which has since been dismissed by members of his close security who have been leaking infomation to the media.

Mugabe who turns 87 Monday was met by several party loyalists from his Zanu (PF) party at Harare International airport amid reports that he was on a wheel chair.

However, his henchmen said Mugabe looked fit and was in jovial mood and ready to celebrate his 87th birthday this week.

In a sign that all was not well, Mugabe avoided talking to reporters on arrival and was immediately whisked away by his aides under heavy security.

A heavily sedated Mugabe is expected to attend his birthday rally in Masvingo on Monday and he will try his best to look fit and strong, but crawl back into his mansion where he will be under the watchful eye of dozens of Malaysian doctors.

Last month, a British newspaper reported that Mugabe had undergone a prostate operation in Malaysia, but the president,s spin doctors dismissed the media reports as "naked lies" on his return. Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, has been nominated by his party to stand again for president in elections expected later this year.

The elections are expected to bring to an end the fragile coalition government between Zanu (PF) and the two factions of the MDC.

President Mugabe has already gone through the primary cure stages of prostate cancer ranging from surgery, radiation therapy, and proton therapy, which are the first treatment options. As complications develop, other treatments available to him are hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, cryosurgery, and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) also exist, depending on the clinical scenario and desired outcome.Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, there are cases of aggressive prostate cancers.

The cancer cells may metastasize (spread) from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. Prostate cancer may cause pain, difficulty in urinating, problems during sexual intercourse, or erectile dysfunction. Other symptoms can potentially develop during later stages of the disease.

Rates of detection of prostate cancers vary widely across the world, with South and East Asia detecting less frequently than in Europe, and especially the United States.

Prostate cancer tends to develop in men over the age of fifty and although it is one of the most prevalent types of cancer in men, many never have symptoms, undergo no therapy, and eventually die of other causes.

This is because cancer of the prostate is, in most cases, slow-growing, symptom-free, and since men with the condition are older they often die of causes unrelated to the prostate cancer, such as heart/circulatory disease, pneumonia, other unconnected cancers, or old age. About 2/3 of cases are slow growing, the other third more aggressive and fast developing.

Many factors, including genetics and diet, have been implicated in the development of prostate cancer. The presence of prostate cancer may be indicated by symptoms, physical examination, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), or biopsy. The PSA test increases cancer detection but does not decrease mortality. Suspected prostate cancer is typically confirmed by taking a biopsy of the prostate and examining it under a microscope. Further tests, such as CT scans and bone scans, may be performed to determine whether prostate cancer has spread.

The age and underlying health of the man, the extent of metastasis, appearance under the microscope, and response of the cancer to initial treatment are important in determining the outcome of the disease. The decision whether or not to treat localized prostate cancer (a tumour that is contained within the prostate) with curative intent is a patient trade-off between the expected beneficial and harmful effects in terms of patient survival and quality of life.

Meanwhile, in the last few days, The Zimbabwe Mail editorial team has been engaged in unsavoury discussions with President’s spokesman George Charamba.

Mr Charamba was on a fishing expedition to find out who is feeding us with the accurate information about the President’s deteriorating health.

Impeccable sources have disclosed that a high level investigation team has been set up to search for the mole leaking accurate information about President Mugabe’s health woes.

In another development, in Harare three Zanu PF supporters were seriously injured during in the last week and petrol bombs used in deadly internal party clashes involving three groups aligned to Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, retired General Solomon Mujuru, and one led by Youth and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere amid reports of bitter open power struggles which have since flared-up on the back of the President’s health woes, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

Dozens of party Youths bussed in from rural areas were sleeping at a Harare house preparing to launch attacks on another group and a counter-attack was organised by rival youths who threw petrol bombs in the house and meanwhile, another group attacked the offices of the embattled former ruling party injuring dozens and scored where injured in the violent attacks..