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Why did Zanu-PF not use live picture of Mugabe and kill off speculation on his health? - Live Discussion

by Moyo Roy
11 Jan 2014 at 15:31hrs | Views

Usually the Zbc and other state run media outlets use live pictures of the president arriving at the airport after there has been speculation on his health. However this time old pictures have been used as can be seen below. Zbc used a May 30, 2011 picture of president Mugabe alighting from a plane

The Herald and Chronicle used a January 28, 2013 picture also used by Maziwisa, who implies it was taken yesterday saying, "The greatest man of our time, looking sharp and sprightly as ever, on arrival from Singapore at the Harare International Airport yesterday!"

In fact it was captioned: "Republic of Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru welcoming President Robert Mugabe from the African Union summit in Ethiopia on January 28, 2013." by Abayomi Azikiwe

Why didn't Zanu-PF provide recent pictures and kill off speculation once and for all?


  • Admin

    11 Jan 2014 at 19:12hrs

    Thank you all for taking part in this discussion. This Live Update has been closed but you can still comment at the bottom.

  • bovern karidza

    11 Jan 2014 at 18:48hrs

    Whether dead or alive, the behavior of the media here leaves a lot to be desired. Several scenarios come to being, he could be gone and they are cheating the povo, he could be alive but they don't have proof but all this proves more on the side of the common rumor

  • blackseptember

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:59hrs

    ko zvine basa rei as long as nyama nemweya zvichiri pamwe.

  • blackseptember

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:59hrs

    ko zvine basa rei as long as nyama nemweya zvichiri pamwe.

  • mafirakureva

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:53hrs

    ndaabude ka timuone .... u can rig election nt death.....

  • Lobengula

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:40hrs

    Zanu experts,they are trying to rig. Let's see if they can rig dearth,nonsense!!!!!!!thina sesakhala kwedlula!

  • Mthwakazi kandaba

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:35hrs

    @rice Psychotic Maziwisa last seen Today at 07:27 he is not doing his usual rantings about Tswangirai today... He knows Whatsapp. That is an official website waiting for the final breath of Spongebob.

  • rice

    11 Jan 2014 at 17:01hrs

    @ Mthwakazi kandaba that file on your link is also an old picture. I am waiting for Psyocopath Maziwisa to tell the nation what has happened to the old man. Achavigwa rini ku Heroes as he is the last man. Politburo irikuti chii?????????????

  • Moyo Roy

    11 Jan 2014 at 16:59hrs

    Maziwisa is a Zanu-PF official he is the one who posted a 1yr old photo and said it was from Friday

  • zanu pf

    11 Jan 2014 at 16:57hrs

    sory mahlabezulu its not zanu pf that published or posted old photoes of our Hero Mugabe but these jornolist should tell us why they posted old photos mhlawumbe bebe khohlwe ama camera besiyamhlangabeza embizeni yomoya.

  • Nondaba Ka Bhoqo

    11 Jan 2014 at 16:21hrs

    If he is fit and fine we would be happy to see his pictures with those glamorous suite.As the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe l think for sure everybody would like yo have a glance of him.There is nothing to hide or Fear if he is ill He is grown up we should rejoice that God gave him the long Live and the Strength to Fight the Imperialist White Settlers to free his fellow Country man,women and children who their land,culture,rights,and digity was washed away by [Some people] ( Ondlebe Zikhanya Ilanga )

  • Mthwakazi kandaba

    11 Jan 2014 at 15:03hrs

    For any updates about Spongebob. please go to

  • David

    11 Jan 2014 at 14:17hrs

    They would normally display his arrival to show he is alive and kicking. They did not do this time around. Baba jukwa could very well be correct this time around. There must be a compelling reason to show old pictures and not live ones. Mugabe is not well and age and long illness has caught up with him. Its a matter of time b4 the truth comes out.

  • umfana ongelandaba lokusolwa

    11 Jan 2014 at 14:12hrs

    kanti lani latshona lizihlupha.., akuselamuntu laphayana sokuludokoza kuphela.....! we will celebrate Mugabe's Happy Death Day....!

  • Moyo Roy

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:57hrs

    @sydney its not only that; a Zanu-Pf official posted a 1yr old photo of him arriving at the air and claimed it was from yesterday

  • sydney

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:52hrs

    Are u ppl sayng whn Mgabe arrvd frm Sngapore, he ws not shown on TV arrvng at th Harare Int Aport ? Zanu-PF re clver ppl as far as I knw thm, thre is abslutely no reason why thy wld nt hve shwn Mgabe arrvng frm Sngapore in order 2 allay spculation nd silence thse rumor mongers.If thy dd nt do tht, thn I cn tell u thre is smthng amss whch thy re nt tellng us.At th end th truth wll cme out nd thre is nthng tht thy cn do abt it.Why dnt thy come out and tell th nation tht th presdnt is nt well?

  • Thunalengane

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:33hrs

    Lento kaMugabe iyisdina lescefe lomuntu ufuna ukufela esihlalweni,ubulele iLizwe waliqeda Nyaa,khonamanje kumele abantu bani bathandazela ukululama kwakhe kodwa silinde ukujabula ngemfa yakhe,lani elimsapotayo liyabona ukuti lisapota ize abantu syakhala ngalombulali,surely lobaba into asenza yona ngeGukurawundi ihate him&his followers,iam damn angry our sisters&mothers were raped by Gukurawundi thugs under his instructions&Enos Nkala,iam also waiting for his dearly death idont like him,hate me or love me,I've got scars of Gukurawundi

  • baba jukwa

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:24hrs

    I told you that the old man is not well and they did not listen. They will announce on the 22nd of February that the ancient man has died at the age of 90. Watch press for details///////////////

  • Anonymous user

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:18hrs

    Check Out the Full Story by ZBC:
    President Mugabe back home
    The President, Cde Robert Mugabe and his family have returned home from the Far East where they had gone for holiday.
    Cde Mugabe is still on his traditional annual leave until the end of this month.
    Cde Joyce Mujuru remains the Acting President.

  • Mlusi

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:16hrs


  • Babethi kayibulawe kayisozeyekelukufa vele

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:11hrs

    Hahaha we are now waiting for Mr Spongebob to come out and blast all of you since he is fit as a fiddle. Kkkkk Countdown starts now. We had postponed the New Year celebration now a good reason to commence stayila

  • bright

    11 Jan 2014 at 13:07hrs

    following the speculation that he's sick,they were suppose to show live pictures.

    This means the president arrives on a streture from hospital this is true mark my words.

    Kungaqhuma kusasiwe.

    logcina livelil'iqiniso.

  • charlie

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:52hrs

    The great leaders that i know of built hospitals, roads, schools and have a functioning economy. They don't use force to be appreciated. Wake up Zimbabweans. The one thing for sure is even the Singaporian doctors cant not cure age. Shame to all you boot lickers

  • rice

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:50hrs

    Vice President Joice Mujuru continues as Acting President until President Mugabe’s funeral is over.

  • Kirsty

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:48hrs

    Wat z d venue 4his 21st mvt wl c then

  • William

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:45hrs

    This a confirmation that something is wrong with Mugabe. At 90 years old this is to be expected. They can re-package and groom him but it will not change the fact that Mugabe is now old to rule. He must just retire and rest. Like the RSA govt did for Mandela, the Zimbabwe govt will look after Mugabe's health and social welfare.

  • tobias

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:45hrs

    He is now history, wait and see, This Psycology is just being used imagine a 31 year old chap just lying to the nation, this Mugabe of his was fit and strong 40 years ago when he was 50 years old

  • Matibiri

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:33hrs

    When have u ever been told he is ill except for the eye problem. Kusukeli ngo1980 he has always been fit. Manga la. Iqiniso lizovela kuphela

  • Abbey

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:18hrs

    They are hissing something. There must be something wrong with Mugabe for sure. Why did show us live pictures of him arriving and the receiving party? The truth will soon free them and nature will reveal itself.

  • Moyo Roy

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:18hrs

    @Abe Netha, Zanu claimed that a photo that was uploaded on Flikr on the 28 Jan 2013 was taken yesterday. Maziwisa speaks for Zanu remember, he himself said: "The greatest man of our time, looking sharp and sprightly as ever, on arrival from Singapore at the Harare International Airport yesterday!"

  • charlie

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:16hrs

    Every dog has its day. I pity you Brian. This man destroyed a beautiful country

  • Abe Netha

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:14hrs

    It was very wise of a big organisation like Zanu pf or gvt not to concern themselves with cyber gossip. Any response would have given credence and legitimacy to the increasingly ridiculous faceless facebook troll baba jukwa. well done charamba and co

  • Ephram Mukanhaire via FB

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:12hrs

    Son of man must b realy ill

  • Brian T Sakaz

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:08hrs

    The lord knows everything. May the hand of the lord heal this man. Mugabe is my role model. WATCH OUT. Am comin' soon.

  • Jojo

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:06hrs

    I can smel somthing is realy not in shape, help us find mo

  • Bernard

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:06hrs

    They can't use the current photo becoz it will show that Mugabe is now old. Old age is also sickness and they want people to believe Mugabe is as fit as a fiddle and

    not too old to rule Zimbabwe but they cannot defy nature. They are denialists as usual

  • Anonymous user

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:05hrs


  • Qiniso Alibulali

    11 Jan 2014 at 12:01hrs

    Perhaps its true that the President is ill. Maybe he arrivved on a stretcher or wheel chair or is in too much pain to be seen by the public.

  • Moyo Roy

    11 Jan 2014 at 11:55hrs

    Lets Discuss!