Robert Mugabe

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been spotted for the first time in public since his ouster from power last month.

The 93-year-old was seen leaving a lift in Gleneagles Hospital in downtown Singapore around midday local time on Friday.

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According to AFP journalists, he wore a white shirt and black trousers and was accompanied by eight people thought to be part of his security team.

He was quickly walked out of the building before he and his party were driven off in two unmarked cars.

It is believed that Mr. Mugabe was in the city-state for a medical check-up.

Mugabe ex-spokesman, George Charamba, on Thursday said that the former Head of State was visiting Singapore for a medical check-up as “part of his package as a retired president to travel overseas”, adding the new government was keen to show him respect.

Two hospital employees, who spoke on the accordance of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media, confirmed that the former Zimbabwean leader had indeed sought medical help.

A spokeswoman for Gleneagles Hospital, however, declined to comment further, citing patient confidentiality.

Robert Mugabe has been in increasing frail health and has reportedly battled prostate cancer.

In recent years he has made several trips to Singapore, a popular medical tourism destination, for undisclosed medical reasons.

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It was the first time he has been seen in public since he was forced to resign after a military takeover brought a sudden end to his authoritarian 37-year reign.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 and has been accused of brutal repression and bringing the country to economic ruin.

The military stepped in in an apparent coup on November 14, 2017, and ushered former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa into office.