Social media goes berserk over Mugabe tumble

HARARE - Social media went berserk yesterday after pictures and video footage of President Robert Mugabe’s fall on Wednesday were released on the Internet.

Although photojournalists who had managed to capture the fall at Harare International Airport were ordered to delete  their prized pictures of the mortifying incident, dramatic images of the tumble still found their way on international news sites and social networks.

As a result, #Mugabefalls trended on twitter, with many users becoming creative with memes of the fall and giving the distinct impression that most of the Internet was laughing its lungs out at the president’s misfortune.

In South Africa, #Zimbabwe and #unclebob also trended in the top 10 of the country’s stories of the day as people poked fun at the frail nonagenarian.

Pic: The Telegraph

Many of the memes created from Mugabe’s tumble depicted him in funny situations, with some saying he had not fallen but was dancing Azonto, a popular Nigerian dance.

Others created their own bizarre contexts of what Mugabe was doing in the picture, with some depicting him kissing the ground just after his arrival from Ethiopia.

Many social media followers wrangled about whether it was in the spirit of “ubuntu” (humanity) to laugh at an elderly man’s mishap, while others justified the at times over-the-top pot-shots at Mugabe saying there was nothing sacred about him, as this allegedly exposed the folly of leaders staying in power for too long and keeping their health status secret while in public office.

In one photo-shopped picture of Mugabe, he was depicted playing against Harry Porter in a Quidditch match, on a broom stick.

In another, he is shown dancing to popular singer Beyonce’s Single Ladies song, as the front man in a YouTube video.

In another picture, the newly-installed African Union leader is depicted surfing and riding a wave.

Mugabe is also shown elsewhere together exuberantly with some young people.

In yet another photo-shopped picture, the Zimbabwean leader is shown running away from a baton-wielding cop, while in another he is depicted running away from a rhino.

Other pictures show the president dancing with the stars, and on the race track with super short distance runner Usain Bolt.

In other posts, he is depicted striking a karate stance, and on the soccer pitch playing football.

Comments (13)

kuseka baba vako ndiko kuzvinyadzisa. i wonder why some people stoop this low. he is our leader we should not redicule him like this. ngatiremekedzei vakururu vedu in spite of their failures. tarirai zvinoita vamwe kuchembere dzavo. the queen of england for instance.

taurai - 6 February 2015

leader wako iwe wega

sudu shabhani - 6 February 2015

Look, people are tired of this old man's antics and anything embarrassing relieves us for a second. There is nothing over the top that can out do the atrocities committed at this old madala's helm! Takafara zvikurusa tangomirira the final curtain call kuti tinyatsopemberera pamwe chokwadi chingabuda kuti vana, vakoma, hanzvadzi dzaiurairwei post independence!

obama4ever - 6 February 2015

Taurai, inzwa mumwe wangu tamboedza kutaura nababa vacho kuti dai machidai, zvamuri izvi hazvichada kuti murambe muchiita sekakoma, asi havanzwe ndokuseka kudai, tanzwa wena tatambura zvaunoona.

zongororo - 6 February 2015

the problem with our fellow zimbabweans is that they are very lazy and try to hold it against the hard working and our able statesman of the old time. do you want Mugabe to fend for you , he gave us vast pieces of arable land, the nation is struggling to contain Quasi fiscal activities carried out to finnce populist policies like the land reform programme, yet you still blame mugabe for your failure to plan GET TO YOUR BURDENS

badger 6 - 6 February 2015

Look at the gand around him..they are all wearing the same colour suits to please the King...maybe ndiyo protocol yacho?? Falling is imminent for any living mammal ..kana mabhuru aimbontsa kudhibhi anodonha when age catches up. One needs to acknowledge when to call it quits. Look at this picture and scrutinise is only Chombo trying to help the old man..the rest are all wishing kuti dai Bob changodonha chotadza kumuka...look at their faces and postures they are not attempting to help at all. Fake LOVE!! Ko where is amai?? She is f***ng somewhere in the east. Maybe Makamba flew to China or Singapore to meet up with the first lady as soon as Bob left?? Or some snior C10 enjoying the first f***

Garikayi - 6 February 2015

What a gentleman Mr Morgan Tsvangirai munhu aimoti ndoku dashura usa tambe neni but you felt pitty for him this shows like you always say he is your father SANDO dzako Tsvabgirai

Gentleman - 6 February 2015

Adonhedzwa nema potholes ari pa airport. Good that he felt what the cars are feeling everyday in the dilapidated roads in the country. thanks Tsvangison for not jeering at your father . it shows you are very mature and you have real love for people.

Dr Degree - 6 February 2015

It gave many cheap sadistic pleasure but hei, pleasure is pleasure sadistic or not! The fact that it was at the expense of a sadistic swine it made it extra nice!

Wilbert Mukori - 6 February 2015

People who celebrate and laugh at that incident irrespective of political affliation are just immoral and uncouth elements of any given society.He is an elder and our leader irrespective of our differences and still remains a hero despite the fact that others accept or not,but nobody can change reality.We should learn not to become negative about everything for no cost at all.As for the old man its now time for him to resign as health and age has taken charge of him

carson Macate - 7 February 2015

'one good turn derseves another' the wise old said. but also, one bad turn does deserve another.

taurai - 8 February 2015

ngativei nehunhu, ubuntu vana vezimbabwe. zvinotanga nekutarisira pasi president toto jaira ka utopia life style kasina kwakanotisvitsa. every country needs someone who leads it. the real work that propsers such a country is the hard work and loyalty of its citizens. instead of working together we seem to have become a poeple content with rediculing our leaders. vedzimwe nyika vanoda vakuru vavo. isu morgan hatidi, mnangagwa hatidi mujuru hatidi, makoni hatidi, even mugabe hatidi so who do we want is the million dollar q?. perhaps its time we took an inward reflection and stopped wasting time disparaging our leaders and worked with what we have for the good of our country.

taurai - 8 February 2015

Mugabe's fall and the resultant media (mainstream and social) furoe is a measure of how Mugabe has dehumanised Zimbabwans. It is time time those close to him advise him to step down and rest. On the other hand it just shows how inhuman they are.

Mbongeni Sakhe - 8 February 2015

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