Mugabe was recently elected the African Union chairman, a development that has faced criticism from many African nationals due to his bad rights record and advanced age.
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Many social media users have been associating Mugabe’s carpet mishap with his old age. He turns 91 in two weeks’ time.
Some of his opponents used this unfortunate incident to attack him saying had it been South Africa’s late President Nelson Mandela no one would have laughed at the fall.
Zimbabwe’s minister of information and Mugabe’s chief propagandist Jonathan Moyo went on an overdrive trying to underplay Mugabe’s carpet fall.
“The hump on which the President tripped was formed by two pieces of the carpet which apparently had not been laid properly where they joined. And to be honest with you, even Jesus, let alone you would have tripped in that kind of situation,” Moyo is quoted in the state controlled media to have said.
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Zimbabwe’s President is considered to be an autocrat by most Western European countries and he has been on sanctions for over a decade now.
The EU block has temporarily lifted sanctions on Mugabe only for high level meetings like the EU-Africa summit that takes place annually.