Calls For Resignation As Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Delivers Same Speech Twice

Anne Sewell

In what some media in the country describe as a "howler," Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe read the wrong speech in an opening session of parliament yesterday.

Ninety-one-year-old Robert Mugabe repeated the exact same 25-minute speech he gave during his State of the Nation address last month right through to the end, apparently totally unaware of the repeat.

Blaming the error on Mugabe's secretarial office, presidential spokesman, George Charama said, "There has been a mix-up of speeches resulting in a situation where... the president delivered the wrong speech."

"The mix-up happened in his secretarial office."

"The error is sincerely regretted and corrective measures are being considered."

"The error is sincerely regretted and corrective measures are being considered."

— Indy People (@TheIndyPeople) September 16, 2015

According to Innocent Gonese, chief whip of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), seven of the politicians had received SMS text messages warning them not to disrupt Mugabe's speech. Gonese added that the messages came from an unlisted number and were titled "death."

"It warns the members concerned to know that immunity ends at parliament and once they step out of parliament, that parliamentary immunity does not operate."

— NDTV (@ndtv) September 16, 2015

"The MDC would like to call upon Robert Mugabe to immediately tender his resignation as the President of Zimbabwe."
"Zimbabwe doesn't deserve to be run by a nonagenarian President who, in fact, is long overdue for retirement."

— Plaid Robert Mugabe (@Plaid_Mugabe) September 16, 2015

— Plaid Robert Mugabe (@Plaid_Mugabe) September 16, 2015

However, video footage of Robert Mugabe's fall, along with the various photos, went viral on the social media, with many funny memes being shared, and shortly afterwards, several guards working for the Zimbabwean president lost their jobs.

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