Tsvangirai feels sympathy with Mugabe

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    MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, President Robert Mugabe’s main political foe in the last decade and half, on Thursday wadded into the storm created by the long-serving leader’s embarrassing fall earlier in the week.

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    Tsvangirai who has borne the brunt of Mugabe’s brutal regime’s heavy handedness against opponents said the incident was unfortunate.

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    “I feel for him. It was an unfortunate incident and I hope he receives the healthcare that he deserves,” Tsvangirai told journalists in a short interview on the side-lines of a Christian convention in the capital.

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    The former prime minister could not be drawn into saying more although the spokesman for his MDC-T party Obert Gutu said the Zanu Pf leader should consider stepping down.

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    Mugabe’s spin doctors have been quick to dismiss the incident and water down any link to the president’s age.

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    Mugabe turns 91 later this month and over the years has reportedly been battling ill-health connected with prostate cancer.

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    At 90 Mugabe has in the last two weeks jetted in and out of the country with reckless abandon.

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    Fresh from his annual holiday in the Far East where he left his wife First Lady Grace behind recuperating from a minor operation, Mugabe spend less than 24 hours in the country before leaving for Zambia to attend Edgar Lungu’s inauguration.

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    A few days later he was once again out of the country to attend the African Union summit at which he was appointed chairperson.

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    Meanwhile presidential spokesperson George Charamba issued a statement claiming the president had reported for work as usual and would chair cabinet as the propaganda went into overdrive.

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    “The President’s ability to report for work without any difficulties is in direct contrast with the misrepresentation in private and western-sponsored media who had a field day in trying to portray the trip as a huge fall which they also tried to associate with his age when in actual fact it was a mere trip that was caused by a poorly laid out carpet,” Charamba said.

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    Information Minister Jonathan Moyo told state media; Mugabe’s fall was nothing unusual as “even Jesus Christ could have fallen in that kind of situation”.