18th February 2014
The Herald has reported that President Mugabe has left the country for an eye operation. Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said the President was going for a second cataract operation, this one to his left eye. “You do not do both operations once. He had done the right eye and now he is going for the second one.”
Charamba said the President would be back in the country at the weekend, in time for his 90th birthday celebration at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera on Sunday.
Once again questions are being asked if this is really an eye operation, or some other medical condition that requires these frequent trips.
If it is a cataract operation, why doesn’t Mugabe use the services of one of the best eye surgeons in the world, based in Harare, Dr. Solomon Guramatunhu.
He is a holder of the International Ophthalmologist Education Award and founding president of the Ophthalmological Society of Zimbabwe and the founding chairman of Eyes for Africa.
He is also a member of the American Society of Cataracts and Refractive Surgeons, the European Society of Cataracts and Refractive Surgeons, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Corneal Society, the European Vitreo-retinal Society and Euretina. Apart from heading Eyes for Africa, he has partnered with regional and international colleagues to offer free surgery in Zambia, Namibia, Angola and Vietnam.
Would the President like to explain why he doesn’t use such an exceptional, Zimbabwean doctor?