Presidential spokesperson George Charamba has come out in defence of President Mugabe saying that he never sleeps at conferences. According to Charamba, the President will be looking downwards to avoid direct light which hurts his sensitive eyes due to his advanced age.
Speaking on Zimpapers’ Capitalk radio Charamba said:
It has to do with his eyes and often I have felt very, very pained. In fact, I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the President is sleeping in conferences, NO.
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 the case of Mandela, if you remember, you were not allowed to even use flashes whenever he was in the room. That is what happens at 93 and Mandela, I do not think lived as long as the President did. Let us disabuse ourselves.