Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba says the president only takes alcohol in the first six months of the year, a routine drinking habit he has observed since 1978.
Charamba’s statement was in response to a video which went viral on social media on Monday which showed Mnangagwa seemingly drunk. He then took to Twitter to explain Mnangagwa’s drinking habits.
The video was shot when Mnangagwa was officiating at a fundraising event and launch of the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa University of Zambia scholarship programme targeting Zimbabwean and Zambian students.
Charamba said following the death of Peter Baya, then Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (Zanla) commander during the armed struggle, senior guerilla army officials took an oath against heavy drinking.
Baya succumbed to a liver condition in the late 1970s, allegedly due to heavy drinking.
“The visibly upset Tongogara (late chief of defence (CoD), Josiah) reminded all present that as freedom fighters, they all had taken oath to die from enemy bullets, not from alcohol as had happened to Cde Baya.