'DYING': Leaked diplomatic cables claim Robert Mugabe has terminal prostate cancer
ROBERT MUGABE has terminal cancer and could be dead within two years, according to leaked diplomatic cables.
The 87-year-old Zimbabwe president was warned by doctors in 2008 that he had only five years to live meaning he could be dead by 2013.
Latest Wikileaks documents reveal Mugabe’s battle with prostrate cancer was disclosed during a private meeting between James McGee, the then US Ambassador to Harare, and Gideon Gono, governor of Zimbabwe’s reserve bank.
In notes following their meeting, McGee wrote that Gono told him Mugabe’s condition had worsened and doctors said he could be dead within three to five years.
“According to Gono, Mugabe’s doctor had recommended he cut back on his activities,” Mr McGee wrote in a cable to Washington.
“Mugabe had told his doctor, according to Gono, that he would leave office after the election.”
The leak coincides with rumours that Mugabe had received treatment for the disease in Malayasia which has been denied by aides.
Officials claim the ageing president – who came to power in 1980 – had visited the south east Asian country to spend time with his daughter.
This weekend, Mugabe he announced plans to hold long-awaited elections within six months.
It is believed Mugabe has brought the elections forward because he has tired of his Zanu PF party’s coalition with the Movement for Democratic Chance led by prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.