Robert Mugabe, 95, looks weak and frail alongside his favourite son in stark new images of the former dictator two years after he was forced from power
- Pictures of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe looking frail and weak
- He is seen alongside family slumped in a wheelchair wearing an Adidas tracksuit
- Son Robert Mugabe Jr posted images as ex-dictator gets treatment in Singapore
Stark images have emerged on social media in Zimbabwe showing former president and dictator Robert Mugabe looking weak and frail alongside his favourite son.
The 95-year-old, who had always dressed impeccably during his 37 years in power as first prime minister then president, seems to have swapped his sharp suits for tracksuits.
Son Robert Junior is believed to have posted three photographs of his dad – two of him seated in June and one last Friday in a wheelchair – on his social media accounts.
They have been circulating on Twitter and Instagram and have been published in Zimbabwe and other African countries.
Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in wheelchair alongside his favourite son Robert Junior in a image thought to have been taken last Friday
Grace Mugabe and husband Robert Mugabe with Robert Junior in an earlier picture believed to have been taken on June 1
The former hardman who ruled what used to be Rhodesia with a rod of iron from 1980 until he was toppled in 2017 has been receiving regular hospital care in Singapore.
In one photo of Mugabe in the wheelchair he looks slumped and shrivelled and is sporting a white beard and is wearing a black Adidas tracksuit with matching Adidas trainers.
Son Robert Junior, 27, who plays basketball for Zimbabwe is also wearing a black Adidas t-shirt in the photograph that is thought to have been taken recently while in Singapore.
Photographs Robert Junior is said to have posted last month show the basketball player sitting with his tracksuit-wearing father alongside his second wife Grace who he married in 1996.
It is not clear if they were taken in Singapore where he receives medical care or at his lavish mansion in Zimbabwe.
It is thought this picture of the former Zimbabwe dictator was taken last month, but only came to light last week when it was posted online
A relative was quoted by a Zimbabwe newspaper saying: ‘Of all Mugabe’s children he is the one who has spent the most time with him. He has been a rock to the former president’.
It was said Robert Junior has been taping his father’s memoirs since he was deposed in a coup in 2017 by his long term protege Emmerson Mnangagwa who is now president.
Mugabe’s last major public appearance was at a press conference in July 2018 on the eve of Zimbabwe’s election in which he vowed he would not vote for the man who ousted him.
However his relationship with President Mnangagwa – known as The Crocodile – has thawed since then and when he won the election Mugabe sent his congratulations.
At a rally at Mugabe’s rural home in November, President Mnangagwa said Mugabe was no longer able to walk and was being treated at a hospital in Singapore and was not well.
He said: ‘He can no longer walk but we will take care of him’.