Harare - Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe has
arrived home after an overseas absence that led to concerns over a health
crisis, with witnesses saying he joked about the latest rumours of his death.
world's oldest head of state returned to the capital, Harare, on Saturday
morning after leaving a regional summit early on Tuesday. Flight data showed
his plane went to Dubai after the original flight path indicated a course
toward Asia. Mugabe has received treatment in Singapore in the past.
had denied reports that Mugabe, the target of near-daily protests in recent
weeks, was ill.
at the airport said the president looked cheerful and told people he had been
away attending to family matters. Mugabe was expected to address a youth
meeting at his ruling party's headquarters later on Saturday.
absence had raised the level of uncertainly in this southern African country
already in economic and political turmoil. Frustration has been rising in
Zimbabwe over a plummeting economy and allegations of government corruption.
on Thursday banned protests in the capital for two weeks, on the eve of a
demonstration planned by a newly formed coalition of opposition groups.
has been in power since 1980, and many in Zimbabwe have known no other leader
in their lifetime. He has said he would run again in elections in 2018.
his wife, Grace, said Mugabe would rule from the grave.