Was he resting his sensitive eyes or dozing off while US President Donald Trump delivered his jarring “Rocket Man” speech to the United Nations?
Images of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabeâ€š 93â€š slouched in a chairâ€š head propped up by his handâ€š were beamed across the globe from the UN.
While some world leaders were rattled by Trump threatening to pulverise North Koreaâ€š most of the delegation from Zimbabwe appeared to have seized the opportunity to take a short nap.
Mugabe earlier this year brushed aside concerns about his health and told supporters: “There is the issue that the president is going. I am not going. That the president is dying. I am not dying.”
But he is frequently photographed at important events where he appears to be asleep.
Presidential spokesman George Charamba hasâ€š howeverâ€š rubbished such reports. He told The Herald newspaper in Zimbabwe that Mugabe frequently looks down to avoid bright lights after having had specialised eye treatment in Singapore.
“At 93â€š there is something that happens to the eyes and the President cannot suffer bright lights. If you look at his poiseâ€š he looks downâ€š avoids direct lightingâ€š” he said.
Not everyone appears to agree.
Jessie Majomeâ€š from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said: “How he can sleep through a nuclear war speech is astounding. To travel so far with so many delegates at such a cost only to sleep so soundly is disconcertingâ€š” News24 reported.
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