Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends Ghana's 60th Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana, March 6, 2017. Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence. (Xinhua/Shi Song)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends Ghana's 60th Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana, March 6, 2017. Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence. (Xinhua/Shi Song)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday traveled to Ghana for its 60th independence anniversary, just hours after arriving back in the country from Singapore where he had gone for a scheduled medical review.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends Ghana's 60th Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana, March 6, 2017. Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence. (Xinhua/Shi Song)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends Ghana’s 60th Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana, March 6, 2017. Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence. (Xinhua/Shi Song)
The veteran president who turned 93 last month, rushed to the Southeast Asian country last Wednesday where he had routinely visited in recent years for medical check-ups.

“For us, Ghana is a symbol of African freedom struggles and independence and by going back to Ghana, His Excellency is associating himself with the politics and persuasion of Ghana in the context of Africa’s struggles for independence,” his spokesperson George Charamba was quoted as saying by the State-controlled Herald newspaper.

Mugabe has an emotional attachment to Ghana where he once taught soon after the West African country’s independence. His first wife, Sally Francesca Hayfrone, was also a Ghanaian. She died in 1992.

Mugabe’s spokesperson hit back at critics who complain that Mugabe travels a lot. He said his ability to travel that much on official business outside the country indicates that he is still fit and strong.

“That puts paid to any claims that the president is very ill. In fact, he is so well that he beats even the youngest politicians,” Charamba said.

The opposition has criticized Mugabe’s numerous visits outside the country, claiming they are a waste of scarce resources. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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