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Mugabe Has Huge Party To Mark 89th Birthday
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has held a lavish celebration to mark his 89th birthday, treating thousands of supporters to a feast of music, food and poetry singing his praise.
Mugabe cut an 89kg (40 pound) cake - one of many presented to him - and released 89 balloons into the sky during the event at a stadium in the northeastern mining town of Bindura.
Africa's oldest leader turned 89 on February 21.
The nation's central bank governor donated 89 cows to the president, who sported a bright red cap with his year of birth - 1924 - in green numbers,
Mugabe walked around and waved at the crowd of about 10,000 people, flanked by his wife Grace and two children.
He showed no sign of fatigue as he delivered an hour-long speech packed with his trademark anti-Western rhetoric and promises his ZANU-PF party would win an upcoming election.
"Forward with winning elections, down with imperialism," said Mugabe.
He has ruled the southern African nation since independence in 1980, and last year accepted his party's nomination to run for re-election.
Mugabe militants and loyalist security services are blamed for human rights abuses and vote rigging in previous elections over the past decade.
About 1.5 million Zimbabweans rely on food aid in the troubled economy.
Officials of Mugabe's party reportedly collected donations of $600,000 (£400,000) for the occasion.
Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled later this year, possibly around July. The last elections in the country, held in 2008, were marred by violence.
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what do you think?
No doubt the "donations" will end up in his back pocket. Evil little man.
And let me guess you will win the elections is that going to be a birthday present as well?
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$600,000 = 1,000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 zimbabwe dollar = 1 cow = 2 mungo bean
oh it now $1 = 1000,00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 zimb dollar
I wonder which of our government or charity hand outs paid for this one?
Peter. Don't wonder because all the donations Mugabe received have not been used for Zimbabwe they have gone into Mugabe's houses and hotels. The man is a saveage. Lord Carrington was very wary of him in the Lancaster House talks and has proved to be correct. People are literally starving and this clown throws a party. Its Africa and South Africa is going the same way.