PRESIDENT Peter Mutharika had an embarrassing moment yesterday when he slipped during the arrival of President of Botwana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, at the Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.
A video that has gone viral on social media shows Mutharika stumbling to the ground whilst welcoming Masisi to the state house for talks.
If it wasn’t for his security detail that immediately came to the rescue, Mutharika aged 79, should have fallen to the ground.
This is the second time for the President to lose his balance in public after he slipped and fell to the ground during a tree planting ceremony at the main entrance of the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. The incident took place in January, 2016.
Mutharika later came to his own defense saying falling is not a crime. He was reacting to speculation surrounding his health.
It remains to be seen if anyone will not be punished for his recent slip.
The earlier incident led to the immediate transfer of one of his guards who was heard laughing together with the president in a video that consequently went viral on social media.
It’s not very rare for African leaders, many of whom are old, to slip and fall in public.
Malawi’s former President Kamuzu Banda famously fell at a meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe at a time when he was losing his grip over power in the 1990s.
Ironically, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe fell in 2015 before being forced to resign two years later.