Mugabe needs walking stick: Opposition

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe should swallow his pride and accept a walking stick to support his body if he is to avoid the embarrassment of having to fall again in public, opposition parties have advised.

This followed the curious publication of Mugabe’s picture in a State-owned newspaper yesterday in which the 92-year-old is seen shaking hands with the wife of the late former Zimbabwe Farmers Union president, Silas Hungwe, with one of his aides helping him raise his right hand on Tuesday.

Commenting on the development, Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) deputy spokesperson Kudzai Mbudzi  raised fresh concerns over Mugabe’s health sarcastically suggesting that the nonagenarian better turn to a walking stick.

“I think the struggle now is about his incapacitation yet he wants to project himself as still fit. He is refusing a walking stick and I think we should help him realise and accept the truth,” Mbudzi said.

Last year, Mugabe fell off a stair case at the Harare International Airport as he walked off the podium in an incident that elicited loud gasps of concern both locally and internationally.

“Mugabe is now the one in opposition today because he no longer has support from anyone. What is now left of him is State presidency and a few hangers-on . . . I can tell you he will not afford even 10 percent of the national vote because of the discordant voices across the board from the security services, civil servants, students and everyone else, including business. Everyone now views him as a sell-out,” claimed Mbudzi.

Spokesperson of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC Obert Gutu, accused “some self-serving and corrupt hardliners in his faction-ridden and beleaguered Zanu PF party of urging him to hold onto power when it’s apparent that the old man has to take a rest as a matter of urgency”.

“At the very old and ripe age of 92 and still counting, Mugabe is anything but a young man. That picture of him being assisted to shake hands at a funeral tells a very big story. It is a sad story. The old man is virtually incapacitated, he no longer has the energy even to shake hands unassisted,”

Mugabe has however, insisted that he was still fit to run the country and that he was not feeling tired notwithstanding his frequent visits to Singapore where he is suspected to receive special medical care.

Comments (9)

he needs walking stick. now is time up if you are old you are old.at the age of 92 its too much.ruling a big country like zim

justice makgetho - 28 April 2016

such is the emptiness of thought & bankruptcy of ideology that is rife in pple 1st! how can they come out to talk about what accessories rhobhati needs for his personal welfare? instead of undressing the evils of zanu that they know, they are busy suggesting how one can accessorise himself. get a stick for what? to keep disturbing pple and having them hold his hand to lit the lantern in the stadium at independence or to give handshake condolences at funerals?! zanu will buy that stick & tell us that it costed $1m! pple 1st has neither compass nor radder. there is no standard unit of measure for what,who&where they are in terms of what the kantry need. they must vacate the political space sooner than latter before they confuse people by their diversionist tendencies. we are saying rhobhati must go & they are saying rhobhati must have a stick!!! joyce!!! wake up mhan! morgan be careful of coalescing with this directionless lot of fired bush ex-combatants who are desperate for recovering lost pride using your political clout! beware morgan!

SaManyika Chaiye - 28 April 2016

tsvangirayi needs a condom

jojo - 28 April 2016

Ahhh,he is a prisoner of his historical deeds.He could not imagine being called upon to account for the mass murders of the people of Matabeleland and Midlands once he leaves the comfort and protection of the state house walls.

gen spinola - 28 April 2016

Let's start a campaign to have Mugabe have accessories that help prop him and one of them is that Mugabe now needs common sense more than a walking stick. Let common sense be knocked into that head.

Inyika - 28 April 2016

jojo needs a brain transplant!

Sagitarr - 29 April 2016

I support a walking stick ,with a knob decorated with diamonds-for our only and beloved rigger.

Prophet 27/12/62 - 29 April 2016

First and foremost Bob needs to be shown the exit door and told to retire with immediate effect? I absolutely scorn and despise the slogan Mugabe the liberator, the champion freedom fighter who freed us from oppression! Mugabe liberated nothing, he has oppressed us far more than his arch enemy Ian Smith - just look at the poor state of our economy, the despicable state of our roads, shortages of water and power supplies, schools and hospitals all in a poor state? Never before in our entire history have our people faced such misery and suffering. How many more empty promises are we going to listen to to start to realize that these guys are just incapable of delivering anything other than extreme hardships. And when he goes don't expect any miracle because our country is now so ruined and run down that it is going to take more than a genius to turn things around. All so very sad as it need not have ended up this way.

Bere - 29 April 2016

Mugabe does not need a walking stick thats rubbish............. he needs a wheelchair, and a nice holiday home in singapore

Harare - 30 April 2016

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