Mugabe back at work- chairs cabinet a day after “fall”


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President Robert Mugabe who stumbled yesterday and nearly fell after addressing people that had come to welcome him from the African Union where he was elected chairman of the continental body last week was back at work today to chair a cabinet meeting.

Mugabe’s “fall” made headlines yesterday with some reports saying that State security agents forced photographers who had captured the “fall” to delete their pictures.

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo insisted that Mugabe had not fallen. He had broken the fall.

Some pictures and videos of Mugabe’s “fall”, however, made their way onto the internet where there appeared to be a frenzy to get the picture which is now being used in a variety of unusual poses like Mugabe riding a horse, being chased by a rhino, on the set of Beyonce’s Single Ladies, challenging Harry Potter, surfing Hawai- Five-O style, and joining the International Association of Athletics Federation Diamond League.

Moyo said the real news was not about the “fall” but lay in the misrepresentation of the incident by malcontents in the media.

“The misrepresentations and morbid celebrations of the incident by malcontents is the real news here and not the alleged fall as there was none,” he was quoted by the Herald as saying. ‘’What happened is that the President tripped over a hump on the carpet on one of the steps of the dais as he was stepping down from the platform but he remarkably managed to break the fall on his own. I repeat that the President managed to break the fall.

“Nobody has shown any evidence of the President having fallen down because that did not happen. The hump on which the President tripped was formed by two pieces of the carpet which apparently had not been laid out properly where they joined. And to be honest with you, even Jesus, let alone you, would have also tripped in that kind of situation. In the circumstances, there’s really nothing to write home about the nonsensical celebrations by malcontents who are imagining a fall that never was since it was actually broken by the President himself,” Moyo said.

Mugabe turns 91 in two weeks.

(390 VIEWS)

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Charles Rukuni
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