Cletus Mushanawani in New Delhi, India
President Mugabe is well and has successfully completed his mission at the just-ended India-Africa Forum Summit, despite private media reports insinuating that he has health problems, Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba has said.
Dismissing stories doing the rounds in the private and social media that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped President Mugabe to “break a fall” during yesterday’s India-Africa Forum Summit, Mr Charamba said only fault finders would spend a second on such an incident.
“It is a very minor incident in a big heroic act and only fault finders will spend a second on it,” he said. “President Mugabe is well and has accomplished his mission. He is due in the country at the weekend.”
President Mugabe appeared to stumble slightly as he walked towards Prime Minister Modi, who was welcoming him to the summit and did not require a helping hand since he remained steadfast on his feet.
After the much-hyped incident, President Mugabe went on to deliver his keynote address as the co-chairperson of the India-Africa Forum Summit where he called for United Nations reforms, saying the current scenario recognises other nations as giants, while others were seen as dwarfs.
President Mugabe actively participated at the summit’s closing ceremony last night where, together with Prime Minister Modi and African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, he unveiled commemorative stamps and coins of the summit before thousands of dele- gates.
President Mugabe continued with his busy schedule yesterday morning where he held closed door meetings with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit.