Mugabe marks 92nd birthday

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe turned 92 on Sunday, and from the Zimbabwean leader’s perspective, he has plenty to celebrate: Everyone’s talking about him again.

While addressing Cabinet ministers and guests at his surprise party at State House yesterday, Mugabe indicated that he is no longer surprised by such gatherings.

His official birthday celebrations will be held in Masvingo on Saturday at an estimated cost of $800 000.

The aged leader said after 92 years on earth, very little still surprises him.

“It is no longer a surprise because every year I know that once I strike another birthday, this happens,” he said. “However, I do thank and appreciate your thoughts on behalf of myself and the family. Such thoughts come from the mind and trigger the heart.

“There is so much love that surrounds me and I treasure it because it does not exist in an individual but as a collective. Ninety two years is a long time in this world, you would have seen many things happening domestically and experienced it also.”

He said though the country is celebrating his life, many others like him are dead while the few remaining nonagenarians are not known to the public.

He said though some of his age mates are long dead, he does not feel lonely because of the calibre of people that surround him.

“May I say that as we celebrate this individual person, it is not the sense of loneliness that I have amidst many. You can be very lonely even if you live with many people, but I have not felt that in any way. We have a shared togetherness that comes with interaction,” he said.

The president urged Zimbabweans to sit down and correct each other’s mistakes instead of trying to out-do one another.

As the formalities ended, Mugabe was assisted by his heavily pregnant daughter, Bona Chikore to blow out candles on his birthday cake.

Mugabe was also presented with 30 tonnes of maize meal, 3 500 litres of cooking oil and 750 000kg of sugar beans which he will donate to charities of his choice as well as food insecure communities.

Comments (15)

HAIWAWO !!!

misty - 23 February 2016

Yangove hari yofanzirofa.

misty - 23 February 2016

Prayers are made all over for god to take Mugabe to hell.

Ziziharinanyanga - 23 February 2016

Happy birthday Gushungo.its been a journey for yu.Since the 1st day i 1st saw yu in 1975 .i mean physically,now i see yu only on t.v n newspapers.Yu had arrived wth comrade Tekere and another fellow I hv forgoten.Teurai told us kwauya mashefu ,arikuenda maputo.she was stone worried Gen Tongo was not around to brief all .But zvisineyi cde rex then pitched up n all was ok.Happy birthday Gushungo n I thank the Lord who has allowed yu to live this long.Most of the cadrs are departed,gen tongo,cde rex,tekere,cde Lookout masuku,cde chando ,and others.I mis them all n im sure yu do also.The struggle needed a very good negotiator n yu came along n fitted well .yu did yo part the country became free,thru yo good oratory n skilled negotiatings.non of us could have managed that.we were all sodiers nt negotiators.Thank yu comrade n ple spare a moment of thot for these departed gallant sons who perished before n after independence.

viola gwena - 24 February 2016

may God bless you with more years so that we enjoy your good rule and peace in the country. Happy birthday baba

master b - 24 February 2016

cde masuku ,who was a real trained intelligent military man was greatly admired by Gen Tongo.He was from zipra bt as we all know Gen Tongo was saluted in zanla n zipra both.He wanted a single army under his commant to enter zim.he regularly brot in cde masuku ,to assist on training methods.Avery humble man this cde masuku,spoke 3 languages,ndebele,zulu ,shona,.since he was good friends wth umnkhondo guys ,he spoke of south africa n zim being 1 great country when liberated.departed comrades.

viola gwena - 24 February 2016

hepi bethdhee mr rhobhati mugabe. my messege is: a good fight you fought but like anyone else who comes of age, be kind to retire and not spoil the little that is left of the legacy you inherited from smith. see how your friend msipa is respected for leaving when the time to leave comes. your bethdhees will be much more nicer than this ifyou leave office for the younger & energetic. morons around you are using every episode of your life to loot resources and maime others in the name of protecting the president. I for one am tired. once again, hepi bethdhee, sincerely

SaManyika Chaiye - 24 February 2016

The First Family (Dr. Grace Mugabe and Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe), I am appealing to you to ask why the Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri is letting Constable Hove continuing to denigrate the First Family like that. He has some clue on the failed bombing of the Gushungo Dairy Farm. He is also saying that something will happen at the 21srt anniversary in Masvingo. I Don't know why such people who do not have the First Family at heart should continue to serve in the country's security department. He has some materials for the People First under his custody. I know definitely that they are not at his home but he knows where those IEC materials are hidden. He is stationed at Makamba police station in Hwedza under Goto Rusape. Its unfortunate that the police do not display their force numbers otherwise i could have disclosed them. Urgent investigation for him to come out clear is requested. He brushed the essence of splashing close to USD 1 million ($1000 000.00) in sponsoring such barbaric occasion of a dictator. He wished if that money was given to him he would have used the money in a better sense that the Masvongo event.

Kamba - 24 February 2016

Happy burthdae Gushungo, we thank u for zim assert, indeginisation, black empowerment, etc now landlord @ 28 , now driving my own cars, its our time to loot zim wealth, vakapusa ndivo ngavakuvengei isu tirikuti dai mambotongazve dzimwe 7 yrs.

samanyika - 24 February 2016

happy death day ka harahwa

mukanya - 24 February 2016

Its unafrican and in human to wish the death of someone, however yours its wished because you never respected the lives of others. Yours is wished because behind you you have killed, caused to be killed, yoiu have caused others to rape, you have caused others to leave their homes in fear of death from your people. You have caused others to day of hunger, burning homes and companies, property and families. Yours is wished because of all the dictators you have out lived Shaka, Mussolin, Hilter, Bokasa, Idi Amin, you have out lived even Judas who caused the death of christ. Yours it wished because you have ruined the one beloved country. Others have lost their wives, you took the wife of Goreraza, he had to marry may be a second wife against the bible when you took his wife. You can imagine what happened to his heart when he found out that you are dating his wife. Your death is wished, see many people flocking down South Africa, UK, Americas, Australia, Asia, all over the continents after you impoverished every one except your adulterous children. YOUR DEATH IS WISHED THEN MAY BE PEOPLE WILL BE FREE

amina - 24 February 2016

I hv always wished zipra or zapu comemorate cde lookout masuku s life.bt to this day nothing.this man was a real hero of the struggle.a man of the trueth.it pains me to this day ,that bhudhi Looks died crying.smith failed to kill him,he made it into zim,bt died.my brother Looks.Budhi Dhu hardly speaks of him.not even a picture of Lookout is seen,I see those of Gen Tongo,bt Looks non.he never enjoyed the independence.Him n Gen Tongo.

viola gwena - 25 February 2016

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