Zimbabwe's president says he is not ill

Zimbabwe's 87-year-old president scoffs at speculation over his health as "misplaced" and says he and his wife are fitness enthusiasts.

Mugabe on Thursday dismissed recent reports that his wife Grace, his former secretary who is half his age, was also ill.

President Robert Mugabe told the state media they were both in "sound health."

In excerpts of an interview published Thursday by the state Herald newspaper, he said he exercised regularly and recently only had an eye cataract operation. He said his wife was undergoing physiotherapy for a dislocated hip which may have been made worse by exercise.

South Africa's ruling party reported Tuesday health problems facing Mugabe could jeopardize efforts to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe.