Zimbabwes 93 -year-old president has been photographed apparently nodding off at several conferences, but his spokesman tells its an optical affliction

Robert Mugabe is not sleeping in meetings as a series of images proposed to. In fact, his PR man has said, he is simply resting his eyes.

The state-run Herald newspaper on Thursday quoted spokesman George Charamba as mentioning the 93 -year-old Zimbabwean chairmanhas a medical condition that intends his eyes cant manage bright sunlights.

He spoke after Mugabe left this week for medical treatment for his eyes in Singapore.

I feel like a failing when there is this reading that the president is sleeping in conferences no, Charamba said.

The commentaries came as Mugabe was captured apparently dozing at a World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa this month.

Theophilous (@ tchiviru)

#Mugabe sleeping at the #WEF during a discussion on youth involvement in decision making. Sad …. pic.twitter.com/ OYQjuTkFE3

May 4, 2017

It isnt the first time he has been photographed mid-nap. It also happened during Ghanas 60 th anniversary of Independence parade in March.

Ismail Akwei (@ akweiakwei)

#Ghana is 60 and ongoing is the independence day parade. Mugabe is caught sleeping while rite is ongoing. #Ghana60YearsOn pic.twitter.com/ 5qajyiFnUw

March 6, 2017

Mugabes weakening health is being watched carefully in Zimbabwe. Images of him struggling to walk on a red carpet and toppling from a elevated lectern in 2015 have trended on social media.

He has been in power since 1980 and says he will run for election again next year.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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