Monday, September 5, 2011

Wikileaks: Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'has cancer' and will likely die soon -- Is a new era for Zimbabwe coming?

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer which has spread to other organs, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.

The cable, published by whistle-blower site Wikileaks, cites central bank governor Gideon Gono as saying Mr Mugabe's doctors had urged him to quit.

The cable, written in 2008 by the US embassy in Harare, also says 87-year-old Mr Mugabe could die by 2013.

Mr Gono, a staunch ally of Mr Mugabe, dismissed the cable as "fiction".

The cable cites Mr Gono as saying the cancer had "metastasized and, according to doctors, will cause his death in three to five years."

In an interview with Reuters news agency last September, Mr Mugabe - who has been in power since 1980 - dismissed rumours that he was dying of cancer and had suffered a stroke. more