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Photographers in Zimbabwe forced to delete photos of President Mugabe falling

Mugabe sped off in a limousine after the tumble.

THE PRESIDENT OF Zimbabwe tripped after making a speech on Friday and photographers now say they have been forced to delete the pictures.

Mugabe was helped by his aides to his limousine which sped away – but not before the photographers at the event got some snaps.

ITV news is reporting that Mugabe’s security personnel forced local press photographers to delete their images of the incident.

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A witness told AFP “He addressed supporters who welcomed him … He missed a step as he walked down from the podium and immediately fell down.”

Mugabe celebrates his 91st birthday on February 21. He is accused of using widespread violence to win several disputed elections, according to human rights groups.

He was elected chairman of the 54-nation African Union at a summit of African leaders on January 30 in Ethiopia. The role of rotating AU chairman is largely ceremonial.

Additional reporting by AFP.

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