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17 Sep 2015
2:00 pm

Mugabe: if it were not so tragic …

Age appears to have caught up with one of Africa’s oldest leaders, Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 in February next year.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for more than three decades and still wants to remain in office. But this week his age let him down – he read an old speech for nearly half an hour without realising it.

The Zimbabwe state television spared the nonagenarian blushes by turning off the live broadcast. Earlier this year, Mugabe fell down head first at the Harare International Airport. He had been attempting to descend a flight of stairs from a podium.

But Tuesday’s gaffe was Mugabe’s worst. His spin doctor George Charamba issued a statement “withdrawing” Mugabe’s speech. Apparently Mugabe had read the same speech in August, but inexplicably failed to notice it was the wrong speech. To make it worse members of his ruling ZanuPF party cheered every word.

It is was not so tragic many would laugh. The signs are telling – Mugabe has become too old to govern and maybe a hindrance to his country’s progress. Someone ought to tell the liberation hero to rest before he destroys whatever is left of his legacy.