George Charamba, spokesman to Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, 93, has said when Mugabe closes his eyes for long periods in public events, it does not mean he is asleep but resting his eyes from bright lights.
Charamba made this statement in the state-run Herald newspaper on Thursday.
“I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the President is sleeping in conferences, no,” his spokesman George Charamba was quoted as saying in the state-run Herald newspaper.
“At 93, there is something that happens to the eyes and the President cannot suffer bright lights. If you look at his poise, he looks down, avoids direct lighting.”
In recent times, the 93-year-old president has been regularly ‘resting his eyes’ at functions, including when he appeared on a discussion panel at last week’s World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa
Charamba compared Mugabe to late South African President, Nelson Mandela, whose eyes were sensitive to flash photography after years of working in a limestone quarry when he was imprisoned on Robben Island.
“You were not allowed to even use flashes whenever he was in the room,” he said.
Speaking about Mugabe medical trip to Singapore, the spokesman said he was receiving specialized treatment for his eyes, adding that his health was in good condition.
Charamba said that Mugabe’s medical care is supervised in Harare by a “very, very, very black” Zimbabwean doctor — and that he only flies abroad for specialist attention.
By Bright Bassey