'He's buying time': Twitter roasts Mugabe over two-watch pic

2016-10-03 09:43
President Robert Mugabe. (AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (AFP)

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Harare - Does President Robert Mugabe wear two watches to keep up not just with Zimbabwean time but with the time in Singapore, a favoured destination of his? 

Or is it because the ageing Zimbabwe leader is now  "buying time", as one Twitter user suggested dryly?

Zimbabweans have been scratching their heads over a photo that reappeared this weekend on social media showing the president in full academic regalia wearing not one but two timepieces. 

One of the watches looks to be silver, one gold.

Though some thought the picture was taken during a graduation ceremony at the University of Zimbabwe on Thursday, it actually dates back to October 2015.

Tweeted @ConcernedZimCitizen: "Can someone explain why our old president is wearing two watches here?".

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The responses came thick and fast. They were mostly from those who are less fond of the Zimbabwe president, who is now 92 and has been trying to clamp down on rising social discontent in the last few months.

Former finance minister @BitiTendai asked: "But on a very serious note under what circumstances does a man need and indeed proceed to put on 2 wrist watches?"

"To keep track of his life expectancy. I suppose," said @edo_ug.

"Sanctions," retorted @pchinjx echoing the official line trotted out by Mugabe's government to explain shortages of most things since 2000.

User @CdeBKMpofu suggested Mugabe was trying to keep track of the "time difference between Singapore and Zimbabwe". Some Zimbabweans joke that Mugabe is just a "visiting president" because he spends so much time - and presumably money - on foreign travel, including to Singapore, where he travels for medical attention.

Thursday's ceremony was disrupted by a brave protest from a student leader demanding jobs from Mugabe, who is chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo has said that it is possible that Tonderai Dombo could lose his degree over the protest. 

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