Sunday 24 September 2017

President Robert Mugabe's guards 'sacked' for allowing him to trip on red carpet

Lamiat Sabin

Nearly 30 bodyguards to Robert Mugabe have reportedly lost their jobs after "allowing" him to fall over on a red carpet in public.

The President of Zimbabwe (90) handed suspension letters to around 27 of his security staff on Friday as he believes they did not act fast enough to break his fall, which led him to be photographed on his hands and knees.

The security staff had seemingly already been replaced by the time the president met with newly-elected Zambian leader Edgar Lungu later that day.

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Photographers were ordered to delete images of the moment Mugabe appeared to have missed a step while walking down a podium at an airport, according to Associated Press.

Mugabe, who will be 91 on 21 February, was travelling back to Zimbabwe from Ethiopia that day after he was assigned the role of chairperson of the African Union.

Independent News Service

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