INFORMATION secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana yesterday spent the better part of the day explaining a video where President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared drunk during a fundraising event at State House last Friday, saying people may have misread the clip.
A video of the Zimbabwean leader seemingly drunk and being assisted to the podium to address delegates made rounds since Sunday.
It invited critics to make him a subject of jokes on several social media platforms.
The video was taken during the launch of the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa University of Zambia scholarship programme that will benefit Zimbabwean and Zambian students.
Critics made fun of Mnangagwa’s video as he looked seemingly tired and had to be assisted to walk to the podium by Sports deputy minister Tino Machakaire and businessman Farai Matsika.
Mangwana then later posted a video of Mnangagwa leaving the event and walking without the help of aides.
“After the event in which some thought his being attentive to his scholarship fund benefactors was being drunk, President Mnangagwa is seen here going home. He walks with vigour, balance and focus. Not drunk, not sick, just single mindedness to develop Zimbabwe,” Mangwana tweeted.
While Mnangagwa’s actions suggested he may have taken some alcohol according to critics, Mangwana explained the video saying: “Before I retire for the day, let me share an extension of the so-called drunk video. At the risk of dignifying nonsense, let me say, slurred speech (no), unsteady gait (no), non-compos mentis behaviour (no). Sober, sharp, coherent and presidential statesman.”