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Zimbabwe’s 91-year-old President reads wrong speech in Parliament

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Published on September 18, 2015 with No Comments

Zimbabwe’s 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe read the wrong speech at the opening of a new session of parliament, repeating an address he gave to the legislature last month. The veteran leader read the 25-minute speech through to the end, apparently unaware that he was delivering the same text he presented during his state of the nation address last month.

“There has been a mix-up of speeches resulting in a situation where… the president delivered the wrong speech,” said presidential spokesman George Charamba.

“The mix-up happened in his secretarial office. The error is sincerely regretted and corrective measures are being considered,” Charamba was quoted as saying in the state-owned Herald newspaper’s online edition.

Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader, earlier this year fell down the steps leading from a podium. He was unhurt, but video of the fall went viral on social media.

The opening of parliament was also tarnished by claims by opposition legislators that they had received anonymous death threats warning them against booing Mugabe during his address.

Last month, they booed and heckled him during his state of the nation address in parliament—which is the speech he repeated this time.

 

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