Long standing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe read the wrong speech at the opening of the country’s parliament on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Mugabe, 91, who has ruled the Southern Africa nation with a iron-fist since he came to power after independence in 1980, unknowingly read the same speech he gave during the state of the nation address on Aug. 25, in which he placed the country’s hopes on China.
Lucky for him, the opening of parliament was not broadcasted live after the country’s main opposition party threatened to disrupt the event.
The government spokesperson, George Charamba, blamed the mess-up to a confusion in Mugabe’s secretarial office. He said the correct speech was later read at a hotel in the capital Harare.
In February this year, the Zimbabwean president, who oversaw the eviction of thousands of white farmers from their land at the dawn of this century, hit the entertainment headlines after he fell down a set of steps outside a Harare airport.