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Presidents Robert Mugabe was on Thursday forced to cut short his keynote address to the Zanu PF congress as he suffered under the extreme temperatures currently being experienced in Harare.

Social media mischief-makers joked that vice president Joice Mujuru, absent from the congress and accused of plotting to assassinate the president, was responsible for the inclement weather.

“In a sudden turn of events VP Mujuru’s faction is now embroiled in another scandal where she and her supporters are accused of delaying the rains in an effort to sabotage the president’s successful land reform and the congress,” read a text doing the rounds on social media platforms.

Mugabe claimed his deputy had visited faith healers and spirit mediums where she performed arcane rituals in a bid to topple him from power. Mujuru has denied the bizarre allegations.

The 90-year-old Zanu PF leader was sweating profusely as he hurried through his address to the congress on Thursday.

He started the speech off-script in Shona, before hurriedly switching to the prepared English version for the benefit of foreign visitors. He had been on the podium for about an hour when sweat started flowing down his face.

Harare has been recording maximum temperatures of up to 32 degrees Celsius since Monday.

Delegates to the congress said they were roasting as tents at the venue had no air conditioning.

Party youths who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com said they wondered how their ageing leaders were fairing when they were struggling to cope with the heat.

On Tuesday, Shuvai Mahofa, the Zanu PF Women’s league national secretary, succumbed to the heat and collapsed while waiting to join Grace Mugabe on a tour of the venue.

Source : New Zimbabwe