Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe reads out wrong speech

Zimbabwe's President reads out wrong speech at parliament opening, his office is blamed for mix-up

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

President Robert Mugabe leaves the State House to officially open Zimbabwe's parliament in Harare, September 15, 2015.

Zimbabwe's 91-year-old President, Robert Mugabe read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament on Tuesday, his spokesman said, blaming a mix-up in his office for the error.

Mugabe had delivered the same speech during a state of the nation address on Aug. 25, in which he pinned his hopes on China to help revive Zimbabwe's struggling economy.

"The mix-up happened in his secretarial office. Therefore the delivery in Parliament should be set aside," spokesman George Charamba was quoted as saying by the online edition of the government-owned Herald newspaper.

Charamba said Mugabe would read the correct speech later at a Harare hotel.