18 April 2017

Zimbabwe: Doddery Mugabe Driven to Podium, Helped By Security Aides

Photo: New Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe lights the Flame of Independence.

'ZIMBABWE @37, embracing ease of doing business ...' was the theme for this year's independence celebrations which President Robert Mugabe totally embraced fully by ditching his 100-metre traditional walk for a ride.

The 93-year-old Mugabe this Tuesday rode across the National Sports Stadium pitch in his Zim 1 Mercedes limousine until a few metres before the Flame of Independence where the presidential security was ready to "slowly" help the nonagenarian onto the armoured ceremonial vehicle he uses to inspect the guard of honour.

After doing the rounds in the truck, his aides made sure he was safely seated in the VIP podium--in the process making sure to obstruct photographers. Then without any enthusiasm or energy, Mugabe read his speech, repeatedly going back over some misread lines.

And, unlike what had become characteristic of him at such national days of-late, Mugabe finished his speech without getting personal with his "enemies" within and outside the ruling Zanu PF party.

There was no salvo at disloyal war veterans. Instead Mugabe was conciliatory, encouraging Zimbabweans to be politically tolerant and embrace ideological differences while making sure he also reminded them of the armed struggle which brought self-determinism.

"We need to continue as true patriots, true sons and daughters of the soil, to continue that unity to ensure that we all belong to Zimbabwe regardless of our affinities whether they are religious or political," he said.

According to the Zanu PF leader, the performance of agriculture, energy, tourism, education, local government, mining, SMEs and health sectors are evidence that ZimAsset is working.

He commended the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for relieving flood victims and the underprivileged.

Mugabe and the presidential grasshopper:

A grasshopper is seen on President Robert Mugabe as he inspects the guard of honour.

Click here to watch video.

Zimbabwe

2 Found Dead After Heavy Drinking Sprees

Two Zimbabwean men have reportedly been found dead after a heavy drinking sprees in Bulawayo. Read more »

Copyright © 2017 New Zimbabwe. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.