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.