President Mugabe visits Singapore for eye surgery checkup Posted by Inform Africa on February 13, 2011 Robert Mugabe in Singapore for Check up Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for a medical review after undergoing a cataract operation there last month but is expected to come home before his birthday next week, state media reported on Sunday. Mugabe's office last year dismissed rumours that he had undergone a prostrate exam in Malaysia as "naked lies". Mugabe has been the subject of many rumours concerning his health and mortality in the past decade, yet he has proven his doubters wrong many a time. Mugabe is due to be back by the 21st of February, when he will celebrate his 87th birthday. The state-owned Sunday Mail said opticians in Singapore, where Mugabe spent a month-long holiday with his family from the end of December, had scheduled a review for the veteran leader. "He went for a review following a small medical procedure he underwent while on holiday," Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba told the paper. "He had a cataract in his eye, so that was removed and he was asked to return by opticians." A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects sight, normally in older people, and can lead to blindness. Mugabe told Reuters in an interview last September that he was surprised by constant speculation over his health but hardly paid any serious attention to it. Mugabe has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980, but was forced to form a power-sharing government with his arch-rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in February 2009 after a disputed re-election in 2008. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has nominated him as its candidate for presidential elections he wants to hold this year. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change has urged Mugabe to drop his early election plan, saying the poll could lead to a bloodbath. A dozen people have been injured in clashes between supporters of ZANU-PF and MDC in the past two weeks, and a ZANU-PF mob looted shops in the capital Harare last week.