A photo of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe tripping on a red carpet has become a source of ridicule on social media following official denials that the leader even fell.
According to reports, Mugabe missed a step as he walked off a podium at Harare International Airport, where he was addressing supporters on Wednesday. He had just returned from Ethiopia where he was elected African Union chairman last week.
Zimbabwean state media and spin doctors rushed to defend the honour of the 90-year-old President, saying “even Jesus” would have tripped under the circumstances.
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo even denied that Mugabe had fallen down, although he acknowledged the President had tripped.
He told Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper: “‘Nobody has shown any evidence of the President having fallen down because that did not happen.
“The hump on which the President tripped was formed by two pieces of the carpet which apparently had not been laid out properly where they joined. And to be honest with you, even Jesus, let alone you, would have also tripped in that kind of situation.”