The Zimbabwe government went even further and denied that the fall ever happened.
Of course photos and videos of the incident emerged, and the social media world exploded in ridicule of the entire ordeal. Several memes of Mugabe’s fall have gone viral.
— Michael Kirkpatrick (@OtimMichael) February 4, 2015
— Spiwo kzn (@Spiwo) February 4, 2015
— griffin (@watkykjy) February 5, 2015
Y'all gotta stop now. pic.twitter.com/IWPzKGQ7nx
— #TheLinkUp28Feb (@UnDEANiable) February 4, 2015
— Kelly Anderson (@kelchristine_) February 5, 2015
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) February 5, 2015
— KB (@djkillbill) February 4, 2015
Zimbabwe’s Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, told the Zimbabwe Herald the government’s official account of the mishap:
“The misrepresentations and morbid celebrations of the incident by malcontents is the real news here and not the alleged fall as there was none. What happened is that the President tripped over a hump on the carpet on one of the steps of the dais as he was stepping down from the platform but he remarkably managed to break the fall on his own. I repeat that the President managed to break the fall. Nobody has shown any evidence of the President having fallen down because that did not happen.”
Despite Zimbabwe’s denial and Mugabe’s tyrannical requests to have all evidence of the fall vanished, the memes and leaked footage are a good indicator of what actually happened.