Frail Mugabe struggles to walk to UN podium

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe exposed his increasing frailty as he struggled to walk to the podium to deliver his speech at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

The 93-year-old had to hold onto a chair close to the podium for balance. He walked gingerly at first then increased his pace as he reached the podium, doddering while clenching his hands

As he reached the podium, people clapped as if to congratulate him for making it to the podium.

Earlier on, the teetotaller was pictured closing his eyes while US President Donald Trump was delivering his speech.
Mugabe has held power since 1980 during a reign marked by repression of dissent, vote-rigging and the country’s sharp economic decline.

Now the world’s oldest national leader, he has been named Zanu PF presidential candidate during the 2018 elections when he will be 94.
This is not the first time that Mugabe has shown mobility impairment. His advanced age and declining health was on public display at the third India-Africa Forum Summit in  New Delhi, India in 2015

On two occasions on the big stage in India, Mugabe had to be assisted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as his aides after looking somewhat disoriented and nearly tumbling off the ramp at the mega summit.
In 2015 again, Mugabe fell at the Harare International Airport as he tumbled on the red carpet that had been set up for him upon his return from an African Union summit in Ethiopia.

Mugabe’s health and age have remained on the country’s political agenda with analysts blaming Zanu PF hardliners for pushing the nonagenarian to remain in power.
Succession battles have also erupted as members plot how to replace Mugabe.

Looking resplendent in a dark suit, Mugabe, who is suffering increasing mobility impairment, paused for lengthy periods and mumbled at times as he addressed the 193-member world body.
In his address, Mugabe spoke on development as well as climate change.

He said the decision by the US to abandon the Paris Agreement placed other countries at risk.
He advocated for the respect of sovereignty and defended the rights of each country to take decisions in exercise of their sovereign rights.

Comments (8)

So sad!

Inyika - 24 September 2017

This article is sad, it is biased.Did you even listen to what he said at the United Nations.Did you not hear about the return of the biblical Goliath.That speach was one of the best i have ever heard. He is old and everybody knows it, would you expect a 93 year old to be as agile as you, I bet you dont respect even your grand parents because they are old and i pray you live up to 93 and we will see how you will be moving around.Old age is a blessing my man. Please report news as it is and as it happened, this is not a platform for you to vent out your bottled emotions about Mugabe.

JbOSS - 24 September 2017

This article is sad, it is biased.Did you even listen to what he said at the United Nations.Did you not hear about the return of the biblical Goliath.That speach was one of the best i have ever heard. He is old and everybody knows it, would you expect a 93 year old to be as agile as you, I bet you dont respect even your grand parents because they are old and i pray you live up to 93 and we will see how you will be moving around.Old age is a blessing my man. Please report news as it is and as it happened, this is not a platform for you to vent out your bottled emotions about Mugabe.

JbOSS - 24 September 2017

@jboss, Someone wrote that speech for Mugabe while he was changing his diapers. The reason why he is 93 and still in power is because he is a dictator who hates whites and yet his country adopted the whites' currency when he ran his aground.

Chikowore - 24 September 2017

our President is fit and sound. why make unnecessary noise. as a nation we should be proud to have him still sound as he is. VIVA cde RG Mugabe. we love you. God bless you more

ndonga - 25 September 2017

our President is fit and sound. why make unnecessary noise. as a nation we should be proud to have him still sound as he is. VIVA cde RG Mugabe. we love you. God bless you more

ndonga - 25 September 2017

Sad that you guys have no respect for your elder, instead of asking him to rest his tired legs your want him to continue being laughing stock. You speak as if he is the only man in Zanupf or in Zimbabwe. Give the man a break let him to go Home and rest and get someone who can take us forward. Damn

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