Former President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace/ AFP

Former President Robert Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a private chartered flight from Singapore, where he had been seeking medical treatment.

Accompanied by his wife Grace and a large entourage, the 94-year-old appeared to be struggling to walk as he left the airport in Harare.

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Mugabe flew to Singapore about three weeks ago for an undisclosed ailment, although sources said he was suffering from high blood pressure.

Mugabe was ousted by a military coup in November after almost four decades in power.