Mugabe falls down stairs in front of 100s of supporters

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe,90, fell down a staircase on Wednesday as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare International Airport, an AFP corrrespondent said.03...President-Robert-Mugabe-walks-down-the-podium-before-he-fell-682x1024

He had just returned from Ethiopia where he took over the rotating chairmanship of the African Union.

Africa’s oldest leader, who turns 91 later this month, had concluded his homecoming speech when he tumbled to his knees on a short flight of stairs in an incident witnessed by journalists and hundreds of supporters.

Mugabe is usually assisted by First Lady Grace Mugabe who, in most cases, holds his hand to climb up or down the stairs. But Wednesday, he was exposed as Grace is recovering from an operation she underwent in the Far East weeks ago while on holiday.

The fall shocked many and sent security into panic. Photojournalists were forced to delete pictures of the Zanu PF strongman on the ground.

 

He was quickly helped up by aides and walked to a waiting car.

Mugabe took over the post of African Union chair on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

The former liberation war hero is Africa’s third-longest serving leader.AFP

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