I've fallen many times before: Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has downplayed his airport fall saying he has tumbled many times before.

Responding to a question on his airport mishap during his traditional birthday interview with ZBC aired on Thursday, Mugabe said he had fallen too many times at his home.

“I have fallen many times in the house, you slip or your foot is held by a carpet which is misplaced and so on, or you hit against something, the corner of even a table and stumble. Haven’t you fallen?” Mugabe asked.

“I would want to see a person who has never fallen down and he doesn’t live in this world,” he added.



The 91-year-old leader said people should not read too much into his airport mishap as he is still fit.

“I don’t see the reason why anyone should be surprised that the president has fallen. Anyway it doesn’t worry me at all,” he said.

“It was not a dangerous fall, it was just a slight fall, missing a step and there just happened to be a misplaced carpet. I exercise every day and it didn’t worry me at all,” added Mugabe.

In an incident at Harare International Airport last month that elicited loud gasps of concern among gathered senior government officials, service chiefs and Zanu PF supporters, Mugabe fell down a staircase as he walked off a podium.

The veteran politician, who often goes to the Far East for medical check-ups, had just finished addressing his supporters after returning from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he took over the rotating ceremonial chairmanship of the African Union when he fell.

Aggressive security personnel immediately moved to force all the gathered photojournalists, including a crew from the Daily News, to delete pictures of the mortifying fall.

Comments (12)

kushure kwako mdara, pane vanhu vese vanga varipo iwe ndiwe wega wakadonha chete why vamwe vasina kudonha, mdara wati unogara uchidonha kumba many times? Yes, it means you're very old, just retire...unopenga here iwe wakamboona munhu anoramba achisevenza iye aane 91 years hahahaha. Ucharamba uchingodonha then wozodonha kekupedzisira tosununguka hedu vana ve Zimbabwe.

tinorovawo - 28 February 2015

QUOTE ''I have fallen many times in the house, you slip or your foot is held by a carpet which is misplaced and so on, or you hit against something, the corner of even a table and stumble. Haven't you fallen?” Mugabe asked. “I would want to see a person who has never fallen down and he doesn't live in this world,” he added. UNQUOTE. Why you only uncle RGM???

Garikayi - 28 February 2015

I have never seen a person who is partially blind ,frail legs , dozes always at every gathering and hallucinate many times called fit . A fit human being can never fall on a plain domestic carpet just like that even a baby learning to walk can walk on a carpet without falling . May be some idiots can buy your lies.You did fall bcoz you are very very very old and you must use a walking stick which is good for people of your age .Stop lies please .

Diibulaanyika - 28 February 2015

Cde President hapana zvekutaura apa its age that has caught up with you believe it or not its the only reality.You are no longer fit to what you say can still do.People of your age now they need walking sticks to be safe.Accepting that you would do us a favour as a nation and stop quarreling with nature because its like crying for the moon.

carson macate - 28 February 2015

"Fit as fiddle" At 91years if you fall, you better get worried. We need danger warning signs " humps/ uneven carpet " raise your feet higher.RGM is finished. You cant nikuv age.

X-MAN IV - 28 February 2015

everynone at some point in life falls that is a fact we cannot deny. hate him or like him, the fact still remains that we fall at some point. his falling shouldn't be our breakfast, lunch and supper. have we lost our ubuntu, hunhu to the level of laughing at our leader needlessly? ngativei ne hunhu, ubuntu.

taurai - 1 March 2015

zvikashamisa kudonha kweane 91 pakaoma varume. Garikayi vako baba vakasvika 91 here kana kuti vakadonhera ukooooooo kuma60. kana ndikadai kana ndikadai zvashamisa

Uncle Dee - 1 March 2015

Mugabe must tell Jonathan Moyo not to lie about falling down. This is where the real news came from.

Davidzo - 2 March 2015

Who should we believe now? Jonathan says Mugabe did not fall. Mugabe says he fell. Ha!!!1

Amir - 2 March 2015

hapana chinoshamisa pakudonha kwemunhu.everyone akatombonha.the president is human jus like u.

mdara - 2 March 2015

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