Harare - Mystery surrounding a trip taken by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to India has deepened, as reports have emerged revealing that the statesman took a direct flight to Singapore instead.
According to a report by NewsDay, Mugabe, 92, was reported to have left the country for India on Monday to attend what has since been deemed a low-key world culture festival.
Tongues were left wagging after the nonagenarian left behind his Culture Minister, Abednego Ncube.
In addition to the curious circumstances surrounding the trip, it was also discovered that the festival was only due to start in India on Thursday, with Mugabe reportedly having flown to Singapore for undisclosed purposes.
Speculation around the trip deepened further when reports emerged that several other countries had sent junior officials, Parliamentarians or former Heads of State to attend the festival.
Mugabe's press secretary George Charamba left citizens even more perplexed on Wednesday following an announcement that Mugabe had cancelled his Indian engagements due to "substantial inadequacies in protocol".
Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education in Zimbabwe, later insinuated that Mugabe was not in India at all, posting on Twitter that "He [Mugabe] is and was not in India, as much as you want him to be there."