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HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, fell down steps from a podium after speaking to supporters upon his return from Ethiopia, say witnesses.
Mugabe appeared to miss a step and toppled when he left the raised lectern at the airport Wednesday afternoon, according to several witnesses, who insisted on anonymity because of security concerns.
"He addressed supporters who welcomed him ... He missed a step as he walked down from the podium and immediately fell down," said a witness.
Some press photographers who captured the fall said they were forced to delete their pictures by security personnel.
Mugabe's spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Mugabe was elected chairman of the 54-nation African Union at a summit of African leaders on Jan. 30 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The role of rotating AU chairman is largely ceremonial.
He celebrates his 91st birthday on February 21. Mugabe takes annual vacations every January to Asia, including Singapore where he has visited specialists for checkups on his eyes, according to Zimbabwean officials. The Zimbabwean leader has repeatedly insisted that he is "fit as two fiddles."
Zimbabwe, a once-prosperous nation of 13 million people in southern Africa, has struggled since Mugabe's government began seizing white-owned farms in 2000. Mugabe is accused of using widespread violence to win several disputed elections, according to human rights groups. The country suffered hyperinflation until it abandoned its currency for the U.S. dollar in 2009.
The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 over abuses linked to national elections, banning travel in Europe and freezing the assets of dozens of officials and business representatives. The measures have been gradually lifted in recent years to encourage reform but Mugabe and his wife Grace remain on the EU blacklist.
Now that Mugabe is the head of the African Union, the European Union has decided to ease its travel ban on him while he is chairman for the next year.
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Man allegedly tailed victim after leaving bank, broke car window, stole cash in envelope
- By Bassam Za’za’, Gulf News, Legal and Court Correspondent
Dubai: A man has been accused of smashing a car’s window and stealing Dh471,000 that belonged to a company owner, who was busy having lunch with his relative.
The 36-year-old Ethiopian man, B.S., was said to have tailed the Turkman company owner since the latter cashed two cheques and kept the money in an envelope in his car that he parked outside a restaurant in October 2013.
B.S. was believed to have been watching the man before he and another suspect smashed the car’s window and fled after stealing the cash.
The suspect pleaded not guilty when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.
Prosecutors accused B.S. and another suspect [who remains at large] of using a hammer to break the window and steal the money. They were also charged with wrecking the car.
The 50-year-old Turkman testified to prosecutors that the incident happened shortly after he encashed two cheques from a bank in Deira at 12.30pm.
“I put the money in an envelope that I kept in the car and went with my relative for lunch at Al Garhoud. When we returned to the car, we discovered that someone had broken the glass and stolen the envelope,” claimed the company owner.
A policeman claimed to prosecutors that primary interrogations exposed the involvement of Ethiopian suspects in the heist.
“Investigations revealed that some Ethiopians had rented a car. The car rental office’s vehicle tracking system revealed that the rented car had followed the Turkman after he drove from the bank to the restaurant. The car was leased to an Ethiopian named Ebrahim [the suspect who remains at large]. The tracking system confirmed that the rented car’s engine remained on when it stopped in front of the bank… then it moved towards Al Garhoud. B.S. was arrested later for his involvement in a similar case… his fingerprints matched those that were lifted from the company owner’s car. However, the suspect denied any involvement in stealing the Dh471,000,” the policeman testified.
Presiding judge Ezzat Abdul Lat adjourned the case until the suspect presents his defence when the court reconvenes on February 5.
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