Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe made a speech blunder on Tuesday during the opening of the third session of the eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe.
Instead of reading the parliamentary opening speech, Mugabe re-read his State of the Nation Address, which he delivered in late August.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba acknowledged the blunder.
“There has been a mix-up of speeches resulting in a situation where his Excellency, the President, delivered the wrong speech,”Charamba said.
“The mix-up happened in his secretarial office, therefore the delivery in Parliament should be set aside. The error is sincerely regretted and corrective measures are being considered.”
Last December, Mugabe shocked more than 12,000 delegates at the Zanu PF congress held in the capital when he unwittingly denounced his own party.
More often during rallies and political gatherings, Zanu PF officials usually denounce the main opposition party led by Morgan Tsvangirai, the Movement for Democratic Change.
But instead, Mugabe said then: “Pasi neZanu PF”, which means “Down with Zanu PF”.
Earlier opposition leader Simba Makoni alleged that the Mossad had been hired by President Robert Mugabe to ensure he won by computerized rigging of the vote.
Ibbo Mandaza, a senior member of Makoni’s campaign team, told the Mail & Guardian that the voters’ roll had been manipulated to favor the ruling ZANU-PF and that the format of the voter’s roll was devised by the Mossad on instructions from the Zimbabwean government.
Information technology expert Valentine Sinemane told the South African newspaper that the electronic version of the voters’ roll, sold to the opposition by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for $2,400, was compiled by an Israeli company named Nirkuv Projects.
Mandaza said that ZANU-PF asked for Mossad help because of the intelligence agency’s experience with elections in other countries. “They have expertise in vote-rigging. Also, Mossad is looking for any kind of support and alliances and therefore Zimbabwe is the obvious target,” he said.
He said that the opposition was aware that Mossad had been active in Zimbabwe recently. Six Mossad agents arrived in Harare and held top-secret meetings with government officials involved in state security before the election.