Wednesday, 4 February 2015

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe stumbles in carpet mishap

Caesar Zvayi Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday tripped over a poorly-laid carpet at Harare International Airport, but remarkably managed to break the fall before walking to his car, evidently unscathed.The Zanu-PF leader had just addressed thousands of jubilant party supporters who had gathered to welcome him and celebrate his election as African Union chairman.
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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe stumbles in carpet mishap
Speaking off the cuff for slightly over 43 minutes following a four-hour flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he spent a busy week chairing AU plenary meetings in addition to meeting African leaders, President Mugabe turned to leave and was walking down a flight of steps when he tripped over.

Remarkably, the President, 90, broke his fall and landed on his knee. Aides helped him back to his feet and he was able to walk to his car.

Last night, the President’s fall was attracting excited headlines around the world, with many linking it to old age or poor health.

Ironically, just seconds earlier, the President had admonished the media for specialising in non-issues.

“Don’t be writers who always criticise,” he said.

“When journalists fail to get something to write about, they look for non-existing issues. We don’t want that. We want the truth, teaching our people the truth. I appeal to you journalists to be people with knowledge of policies happening in various countries. Reporting on the progress that we achieve and this must constitute new steps for us to make further progress until we achieve our objectives. That’s what we want.”

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Prof Jonathan Moyo, who witnessed the incident, said the real news lay in the misrepresentation of the incident by malcontents in the media. Herald
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