The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has suffered minor injuries in an accident involving the presidential motorcade after the 93-year-old leader's return from a trip to Singapore for medical treatment.
Harare - More details emerged on Sunday of the mishap at Harare International Airport that saw First Lady Grace Mugabe sprain her ankle.
As usual, the presidential limousine was waiting to whisk the First Family back to their Harare mansion. But the chauffeur set off before Grace Mugabe had got in, causing her to lose her balance, the state-run Sunday Mail reports.
"The sudden movement of the vehicle saw Amai (Mrs) Mugabe withdraw her foot from the car, and as she lost her balance, one shoe came off and was run over by a rear wheel," the paper said.
Presidential spokesman George Charamba said in a statement that the First Lady was treated at a local clinic before she was discharged. Her husband, daughter and son-in-law were by her side.
"The examining doctors confirmed that she suffered no major injury," Charamba said. "At the time of her discharge, which was about an hour later, she complained of pain from the hurt ankle.
Meanwhile, the Mugabes' return was certainly incident-filled, as one of the presidential motorcade's motorcycle escorts was injured after his motorbike rammed into a vehicle along Harare’s main airport road.
The Sunday Mail said the motorcyclist crashed into an Isuzu pick-up and fractured his arm. The driver of the pick-up appears to have escaped unharmed.
Motorists are forced to get off the road when the hear the sirens on the motorbikes that accompany the presidential motorcade.