That Tweet is from Ian Birrell, contributing editor of The Daily Mail.

There’s lots of buzz on Twitter about a rumor that Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, is very ill and is fighting for his life in a Singapore hospital.  Mugabe, age 88, has ruled Zimbabwe for 32 years. A June 2008 diplomatic cable leaked by Wikileaks last fall alleged that the dictator is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. The WikiLeaks document stated, “President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that has metastasised and, according to doctors, will cause his death in three to five years.”

According to the Independent, Mugabe missed a Cabinet meeting last week and canceled another meeting that was supposed to occur on Tuesday of this week:

Rumours that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is gravely ill are intensifying after he missed last week’s cabinet meeting and the one due today was cancelled.

President Mugabe, 88, is officially in Singapore dealing with arrangements around his daughter Bona’s postgraduate studies.

But opposition media, including The Zimbabwe Mail and The Standard, have questioned whether the president would realistically handle his daughter’s university enrolment in person.

He is reported to have left Zimbabwe on 30 March. Last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was cancelled, as was a special Politburo gathering last week.

Twitter speculation and reaction:

https://twitter.com/#!/LifeStoryUK/status/189506331743502336

https://twitter.com/#!/stuartdhughes/status/189454187778670592

https://twitter.com/#!/kpseabi/status/189458788946944004

https://twitter.com/#!/BenDunnell/status/189462701066567680

http://twitter.com/#!/Skytwitius/status/189666357158227969

http://twitter.com/#!/NickKristof/status/189665177568952321

Many Twitter users are not in an sympathetic mood:

https://twitter.com/#!/JoeHockey/status/189502630601572354

https://twitter.com/#!/buttons117/status/189518802202013696

https://twitter.com/#!/AMG133/status/189451296250667008

https://twitter.com/#!/TracksuitDave1/status/189463342228840449

https://twitter.com/#!/Old_Holborn/status/189424924673314817

https://twitter.com/#!/MarkPilgrimZA/status/189427990894092288

And what will happen if Mugabe does die?

https://twitter.com/#!/Marcel_Perform/status/188682836641976320

https://twitter.com/#!/lara_jo/status/189501836330405889

https://twitter.com/#!/goggy3/status/189491608822095873

https://twitter.com/#!/UOldfield/status/189471283338162176

  • http://hinterlandgazette.com HinterlandG

    Karma is a beeyotch.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/37VPCCIVGC3AW5SXY563PHGWIU MTADA

    Always sad when someone dies; no matter how awful they were in life. Mugabe’s demise will be greatly welcomed by many and certainly my tears will be shed for the many who were brutally murdered by his regime. We all hope that once he is gone; there will be some changes to how Zimbabwe is run; sadly with the old oil still turning the wheel; this poor country still has a long way to go!  At risk of sounding a pessimist here but my thoughts are that the next stage of the political arena will be bloodier particularly if the the deal we are hearing about for succession is true!

  • Pinkie26

    May the heavenly God heal him at this time, l am aint gonna judge you but the Lord will, l will only pray for you. Never lose hope, in that hospital bed call the name of the saviour JESUS and he shall come to your rescue. he says even if your sins are as red as scarlet he shall make you white as snow. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU MUGABE.

  • Pinkie26

    May the heavenly God heal him at this time, l am aint gonna judge you but the Lord will, l will only pray for you. Never lose hope, in that hospital bed call the name of the saviour JESUS and he shall come to your rescue. he says even if your sins are as red as scarlet he shall make you white as snow. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU MUGABE.

  • http://truthbeagle.blogspot.com/ Plep

    Did Ozzie Guillen send flowers?