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President's Office: Mugabe in Good Health, India Stumble Minor Incident

  • VOA Staff

Presidential spokesman George Charamba says President Robert Mugabe is in good health and describes as minor his stumble at the just-ended India-Africa Summit, which ended Friday in New Delhi.

Charamba told the state-controlled Herald newspaper that Zimbabweans should not be worried about the president’s health as the president managed to accomplish his mission while he in India.

He was quoted as saying, “It is a very minor incident in a big heroic act and only fault finders will spend a second on it. President Mugabe is well and has accomplished his mission."

The newspaper further said the president "continued with his busy schedule" after the mishap captured on television by an international news crew.

Critics say the 91-year old Mr. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for more than 35 years, is now too frail to run the country.

Earlier this year Mugabe tripped and fell at the Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe. In September this year he read the wrong speech in parliament.

His stumble in India has rekindled debate about the president's health and fitness to continue ruling Zimbabwe.