HARARE – President Robert Mugabe should
swallow his pride and accept a walking stick to
support his body if he is to avoid the
embarrassment of having to fall again in public,
opposition parties have advised.
This followed the curious publication of Mugabe’s
picture in a State-owned newspaper yesterday in
which the 92-year-old is seen shaking hands with
the wife of the late former Zimbabwe Farmers
Union president, Silas Hungwe, with one of his
aides helping him raise his right hand on Tuesday.
Commenting on the development, Zimbabwe People
First (ZPF) deputy spokesperson Kudzai Mbudzi
raised fresh concerns over Mugabe’s health
sarcastically suggesting that the nonagenarian
better turn to a walking stick.
“I think the struggle now is about his
incapacitation yet he wants to project himself as
still fit. He is refusing a walking stick and I
think we should help him realise and accept the
truth,” Mbudzi said.
Last year, Mugabe fell off a stair case at the
Harare International Airport as he walked off the
podium in an incident that elicited loud gasps of
concern both locally and internationally.
“Mugabe is now the one in opposition today
because he no longer has support from anyone.
What is now left of him is State presidency and a
few hangers-on . . . I can tell you he will not
afford even 10 percent of the national vote
because of the discordant voices across the board
from the security services, civil servants,
students and everyone else, including business.
Everyone now views him as a sell-out,” claimed
Mbudzi.
Spokesperson of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC
Obert Gutu, accused “some self-serving and
corrupt hardliners in his faction-ridden and
beleaguered Zanu PF party of urging him to hold
onto power when it’s apparent that the old man
has to take a rest as a matter of urgency”.
“At the very old and ripe age of 92 and still
counting, Mugabe is anything but a young man.
That picture of him being assisted to shake hands
at a funeral tells a very big story. It is a sad
story. The old man is virtually incapacitated, he
no longer has the energy even to shake hands
unassisted,”
Mugabe has however, insisted that he was still fit
to run the country and that he was not feeling
tired notwithstanding his frequent visits to
Singapore where he is suspected to receive
special medical care.