WATCH: Video shows shaky Mugabe being led to seat

2017-07-31 08:15
President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Heartbreaking or proof of his party's cynicism?

This clip of ageing president Robert Mugabe shows him being led to his seat - and there's no mistaking his 93 years.

Mugabe is shown taking hesitant steps onto the podium for a rally in Chinhoyi on Saturday.

Amid cheers, the longtime Zimbabwe president appears to lean on an aide. He then sits gingerly down on a leather sofa as his wife Grace places his hat back on his head.

Watch the video below 

He's then shown with his eyes closed and head nodding - though his officials will no doubt dispute that he's actually dozing. Previously his spokesperson has claimed Mugabe is merely resting his eyes, which are fragile after cataract operations.

Tweeted Zimbabwe publisher Trevor Ncube: "This is heartbreaking. Why are they doing this to Mugabe?"

At the rally Mugabe said doctors were amazed with his health.

"I said it's through God's grace," Mugabe said.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  grace mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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