Media reports in Zimbabwe indicate that heads have started rolling over President Robert Mugabe’s embarrassing fall at Harare International Airport last Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s online publication The Standard said up to 27 members of the presidential security and advance team who seemed immobilized as Mugabe tripped and tumbled after addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters who had been bussed to welcome him on his return from the African Union summit, have been suspended.
The publication said the guards were handed their suspension letters on Friday.
Officials at Munhumutapa government building said an investigation was launched on the night that Mugabe fell at the airport on his return from Ethiopia where he had just taken charge as the new chairperson of the African Union.
But Presidential spokesperson George Charamba dismissed the reports of a shakeup in President Mugabe’s security team as a fallacy.
“There is only one hand that shakes up and that hand has not shaken up [anything]. What is there to shake up? The last time you heard about a shakeup it was from us and not from media reports,” Charamba said.
At the State House on Friday afternoon where President Mugabe was meeting newly-elected Zambian leader Edgar Lungu, new faces could be seen on his security team.
After the meeting that took almost five hours, Mugabe escorted Lungu outside the State House with both hands in his pockets. The two did not address journalists who had gathered.
When Lungu was departing in his motorcade, Mugabe stood for a few minutes outside before walking back into his office at State House.