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INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo has hit out at media “malcontents”, accusing them of misinterpreting President Robert Mugabe’s stumble over a set of stairs at Harare international airport Wednesday.

The veteran leader, 91 later this month, missed a step and hit the canvas while making his way to his Mercedes Benz limousine after addressing supporters as he returned from Ethiopia were he took over the chairmanship of the African Union.

His security detail ordered journalists to delete images of the incident but some managed to con the operatives resulting in the story make international headlines.

Commenting on the incident, Moyo claimed that Mugabe had not fallen.

“The misrepresentations and morbid celebrations of the incident by malcontents is the real news here and not the alleged fall as there was none,” said the minister.

“What happened is that the President tripped over a hump on the carpet on one of the steps of the dais as he was stepping down from the platform but he remarkably managed to break the fall on his own.”

He added: “I repeat that the President managed to break the fall. Nobody has shown any evidence of the President having fallen down because that did not happen.

“The hump on which the President tripped was formed by two pieces of the carpet which apparently had not been laid out properly where they joined.

“And to be honest with you, even Jesus, let alone you, would have also tripped in that kind of situation.

“In the circumstances, there’s really nothing to write home about the nonsensical celebrations by malcontents who are imagining a fall that never was since it was actually broken by the President himself.”

Opposition parties said the fortuitous incident showed that Mugabe, who has been dogged by speculation over his health and regularly flies to the Far East of treatment, should consider stepping down.

Said MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu: “What this clearly shows is that Robert Mugabe is no longer fit for the presidency.

“At age 91, we have always said this man is way past his time and that it is actually a tragedy of monumental proportions that Zimbabwe can be led by a nonagenarian of frail and failing health.

“The fact that he fell down at Harare international airport this afternoon is just but consistent with what to expect from a man of aanced age and also its quite indicative of the fact that he should immediately step down …

“… since it is quite clear that he is not in a proper physical condition to continue to carry out the onerous duties that are ordinarily carried out by a head of state.”

Source : New Zimbabwe