Mugabe reads wrong speech at the opening of parliament

By Editorial Board - 15 September 2015 at 8:59 pm
FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 file photo Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a ceremony to honour thousands of fighters who died in the 1970s Bush war  against colonialism, in Harare. Zimbabwe is "frantically working" to repatriate from Britain skulls of indigenous people killed in an 1890s anti-colonialism war, said a Cabinet minister. The state-run Herald newspaper Saturday quoted Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo saying Zimbabwe will talk to its former colonial ruler over the skulls reportedly held by Britain's Natural History Museum. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, gave the wrong speech at the opening of parliament yesterday, his spokesman said. The mix-up was blamed on an office error.

The Herald, the Zimbabwean state run newspaper, reported the mistake quoting the presidential spokesman George Charamba explaining the incident.

“There has been a mix-up of speeches resulting in a situation where His Excellency the President delivered the wrong speech is quoted as saying. “

“The mix-up happened in his secretarial office therefore the delivery in parliament should be set aside. The error is sincerely regretted and corrective measures are being considered,” he continued.

Reuters news agency reported that Mugabe gave the same speech at the state of the nation address on August 25 this year.

Charamba reportedly also stated that the correct speech will later be read by Mugabe at a Harare hotel.

Mugabe has been in the press lately for struggling to repay Zimbabwe’s debts, blaming the United States for the many problems the country faces as well as enticing China to form a partnership.

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