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1000s gather to mark Mugabe's birthday

2012-02-25 14:00

Mutare - Thousands of people gathered at a stadium in Zimbabwe's eastern border town of Mutare on Saturday for celebrations to mark veteran President Robert Mugabe's 88th birthday.

The party began with a beauty pageant, and will include a football cup final dubbed the "Bob at 88 Cup", with a concert by the country's top musicians set for later in the evening.

Up to 20 000 people were expected to attend, according to provincial officials. As people trickled into the stadium, a military band played music praising Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, while drum majorettes went through their drills.

Mugabe's supporters wore party shirts with his portrait emblazoned on the front and back while others wore t-shirts with Mugabe's signature.

Cakes donated by local companies were displayed at the centre of the pitch, including one with a crocodile, another with the design of the mountains surrounding Mutare, while another one was shaped like the Victoria Falls.

Some supporters hoisted banners with messages like "Long Live the President" or hailing Mugabe as "The Lion of Africa".

Other denounced homosexuality and told foreigners to "Leave our Diamonds Alone", referring to the enormous new diamond fields near Mutare, which are the centre of a human rights controversy.

Mugabe, turned 88 on Tuesday declaring himself "fit as a fiddle" and said new elections should be held this year to chose a successor to the troubled power-sharing government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai vowed Friday to resist Mugabe's push for new elections this year saying he would not contest polls that come before reforms agreed to in the pact which gave birth to the power-sharing government.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government in 2009 to prevent a meltdown in the aftermath of a bloody presidential run-off election.

Comments
  • Morne - 2012-02-25 14:20

    And these 1000 people were probably forced to go to his dbay!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:33

      ISO, I think there are many in Zim that actually believe in Mugabe's cause. What have they got to loose? They have nothing, will never have anything and enjoy being the wretches of Africa. The sorry struggle victims that were raided by whites hundreds of years ago. They came to this earth to do nothing and be poor. Leave them, let them enjoy the poverty!

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 14:34

      And look at the cake but not get any!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:38

      @Shirley. So true......the leaders will taste the cake and sip the champaign and on their lips celebrate for all of the simpletons watching!

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 14:40

      @Vusi, That's a rather cynical point of view!! In countries like Zimbabwe there are complex reasons why thousands would go and "celebratte" the bd of a tyrant. When one day, and this day can't come soon enough, this mugabe thug dies, these same thousands of people will be dancing in the streets!!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-25 16:56

      Free food

      Leon - 2012-02-25 18:04

      Like the ANC centenary celebrations, the brass had the champagne "on behalf of the masses". Masses of dumbnuts

  • Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:26

    We should stop concerning ourselves with these people. We should sit back and let them starve to death. They want to starve to death! We are all masters of our own destination, and poverty and hardship is what they enjoy. This is what Malema wants for us as well........But I think he is going to have a hard time getting every Blackberry in this country to go back 50 years and suffer for him and his cause!

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 14:41

      Oh Vusi, you are trying so hard to be an intellectual, you fail to see how pathetic and ignorant you look!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:47

      And you would be intellectually gifted, I assume?

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 14:47

      Samora: jelousy makes you nasty! At least Vusi has an opinion of value-I dont see yours anywhere!

      Jeeves - 2012-02-25 15:15

      lol Samora. I imagined you sticking out your tongue, hiking your pants and walking away like a kid on the playground. Might I suggest an intelligent rebuttle to Vusi's remark instead?

      Alfred - 2012-02-25 15:17

      Samora, I'm going to assume that you posted that comment from the African paradise that is Zimbobwe? I don't think Vusi is trying to be an intellectual, I think he's appealing to the common sense factor, and the fact that you've completely missed it says a fair amount about yours.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-25 16:31

      Samora's entire profile is party line drivel.

      Marius - 2012-02-25 17:56

      Samora machel...Vusi is not TRYING to be an intellectual, he IS one.

      Anthony - 2012-02-26 06:21

      If this Vusi did not make these sick, racists and disturbed comments, it could even be funny, how he is making fun of soo many on this site. Just because he pretends to be a Black man, and has these " anti black " comments, he is even called an "intellectual" ......!!!!!!!!!! Vusi, you got a gullible audience here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is why I hate this fb access, it is too easy to play games with others.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-25 14:30

    "Bob at 88 cup" What next-hope some intellegent person spiked his cake with a bit of arsenic at least! At least the results of that would be entertaining! Unfortunately the devil looks after his own so there will probably still be a "Bob at 108"

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 14:34

    Long live President Robert Mugabe!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:42

      Long Live The Poverty In Zimbabwe. I enjoy the Zimbabwean Circus. It is such a text book example of what happens when an African country gets freedom. The world is laughing and so am I.

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 14:49

      I hope you get to spend everyday that he lives in his company 24/7. Hopefully you will get a peice of cake if you are good! You two deserve one another!

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 14:52

      Mugabe and Zim are victims of refusing Neo-colonisation. Vula amehlo Vusi, you not better off in SA. Its just a matter of time before majority gets tired of being treated like second class citizens by boers

      marijke.teirlinck - 2012-02-25 15:00

      Are you just trying to upset people or are you genuinely so misinformed?

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 15:01

      @Samora. What Boers are treating you like second class citizen??????? The ANC is in power and have been for 18 years. I see no Boers in power. Get over your inferiority complex and start being a proud African man that can think for himself!!!!! What a weakling you are!

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 15:16

      @Shirley, mnqundu wakho wena!

      Alfred - 2012-02-25 15:19

      "Long live President Robert Mugabe!" ...In a fiery pit of hell where all the people he's responsible for killing prod him with a hot poker for the rest of time.

      Jeeves - 2012-02-25 15:19

      mmm... this is the point where I suspect Samora of being a Trolliliquist. MUST...NOT...ACCEPT...BAIT...

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 15:24

      @Vusi, Maybe you are laughing, but let me assure you, that is not the case with MILLIONS of Zimbabweans. The last ten years have for them been a struggle to keep alive!!! Shame on you for making fun off and insulting , a nation !!!

      Alfred - 2012-02-25 15:33

      "Mugabe and Zim are victims of refusing Neo-colonisation." I've read a lot of stupid stuff in my day but that has to be one of the most retarded comments anywhere on the internet. Samora, I'm afraid you are what is commonly referred to as a "no-hoper" and destined to live your life in a universe of stupid until nature finally takes care of you, or you choke on your own spit, whichever comes first.

      Bryan Scott McConnell - 2012-02-25 15:33

      Samora.. Wipe that brown stuff that is pouring out of your mouth!! Its called sh*t.. And that's what you are talking, moron!!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 15:39

      @Africa21. Get someone else to cry with you! I'm enjoying this circus! With every plane of theirs that gets grounded because they can't pay their bills, my joy grows. With every Zimbabwean that starves, my joy grows. There is only way to teach democracy in Africa and that is through starvation. You get what you voted for. Long live the the ill conceived idea of freedom on this continent. Anybody feels like Sushi tonight? Join me let us feast while the Zimbabweans suffer with their beloved President Primate!

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 15:43

      @Vusi, You are an enemy of Africa !!!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 16:02

      @Africa21 I am Africa. I stand proud as a new generation of proud African Men. In our future the manufacturing plants will be buzzing with activity. The International planes will come flying in and trading with us. You and your group can go sit and sulk about the Colonialists on a heap of cow dung and stink yourselves into the next millennium!

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 16:07

      @Vusi, I very much doubt , you are an African !!!!! And if you are, you are one of a kind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 16:17

      @Africa21 That is interesting! So then give me the definition of an African! I'm dying to hear it! Please tell and do not chicken out now!

      John Murray McKay - 2012-02-25 16:28

      I hope they have enough pineapples down in hell for mugabe and his trolls (like you). Pucker up!

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 16:51

      @Vusi, Let me rephrase this; You are not a Black African, as you pretend to be' There is too much hatred in you , and your comments are too disturbing. And again , if you are, you are one of a kind. The following comments from you are plain sick: "Long Live The Poverty In Zimbabwe. I enjoy the Zimbabwean Circus. It is such a text book example of what happens when an African country gets freedom. The world is laughing and so am I. "

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 16:53

      @Vusi, Only a sick and disturbed person, will laugh at the misery of others !!!!

      Marius - 2012-02-25 17:57

      Samora likes to "KHULUMA MASIMBA"

      Marius - 2012-02-25 17:59

      VULA AMEHLO? Methinks Vusi's eyes were open before he was born even, his grandfather and father's eyes were open long time ago.

  • Simon - 2012-02-25 14:50

    people are not forced forced to go to those parties.The majority just go to enjoy the free soccer games(normal gate charge us$4 @ a normal league game) and the top musicians(normal charge at a gig us$10) and possibly free food and beer.So a person saves up to USD 20 including the free transport the only cost is listening to a political message which can be ignored if your main focus is just going there for some fun.

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 14:53

      I would rather thump on an empty paint can in the bush by my fire than attend an evening with that primate!

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 14:59

      I doubt Sponge Bob will be giving freebies!

  • Peter - 2012-02-25 15:14

    Bunch of turkeys voting for Christmas and believing in the New Year.

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 15:25

      HA HA HA HA....that was beyond funny!!!!!!!

  • Zion - 2012-02-25 15:24

    free caviar, cake and the best Cabernet will definitely draw them like a magnet. Can't miss the inspiring speech. While sipping the best brandy from Britain or Old Grouse while the ladies sip at their Gordon's London Dry gin and tonic from fanciful glasses and the look of the elite painted on their dials and offspring caterwhaling on their backs. pretty scene: wish I was there.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-02-25 15:25

    They are not celebrating, they just hoping for a free meal in a starving land

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 15:26

    He is the only wise man who ca not betrays his people and am praying for him

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 15:34

      So am I-that he doesnt see his 89th!

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 15:54

      @Samora Who are you praying to? The garden tap? LOL LOL LOL

      Alfred - 2012-02-25 15:55

      Yep, your peace loving "victim" leader sure does have his people s best interests at heart... http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/War-vets-battle-dispair-20100416 Come on Samora, go back to Zim and live like a king in your African utopia.

      ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-25 17:00

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - You must be one of his fat cats that steals the cream from the poor farmers.

      Marius - 2012-02-25 18:07

      I'm also praying that Bob ends up soon with his master Satan.

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 18:10

      Long live my leader, hero LONG LIVE baba Chatunga!

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 15:54

    Vusi is a white man. Typical!

      Brian - 2012-02-25 15:59

      as a black man, @Samora is an embarrasment to me. Another uneducated fool with no clue.

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 15:59

      And you are a troll!

      Jeeves - 2012-02-25 16:00

      Truthfully, I suspect you of being a white man. Only a white trolling as a black could say some of the things you do. Either that or you are truly lost in the fog of ignorance.

      Marius - 2012-02-25 18:15

      and YOU Samora Machel is a tokoloshe. Your gogo sold her body in Durban harbour for fish heads

      Anthony - 2012-02-26 09:52

      @Samora, I think you are a dispicable racist, but one point you make, you are spot on; "Vusi" is a white man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kagiso - 2012-02-26 12:35

      you and your fellow cohorts are a disgrace to the human race by your display of stupidity and racism. futseki bwana!

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-25 16:05

    "Zimbabwe is a free country that is under siege from the West. Her sin is to expropriate the land (from white farmers) and give it to its rightful owners (read black) after Britain (read colonial power) reneged on making good for it (please read History of Zimbabwe). Zimbabwe is today poor because, the West (lead by Britain) has declared sanctions against the country in sympathy of white farmers who have been driven from the land they have forcefully occupied during colonialism. Zimbabwe's history is not different to ours - just like them, land was central to our struggle for liberation. However, unlike Zimbabwe, our objectives (read freedom) was circumvented at Kempton Park during talks-about-talks wherein "our leaders" compromised a lot." - Unknown

      Brian - 2012-02-25 16:09

      Abd what has happened to zim, since the dictator mugabe has taken over. Britain implemented sanctions because of mugabes human rights abuses.

      Vusi - 2012-02-25 16:13

      Just another Copy and Paste Troll. A sorry soul sitting lonely at his computer desperate for attention. These trolls usually have a genital dysfunction and are not good when it comes to matters of the night. We have a few on this campus as well. They hammer away at their keyboards hoping to be noticed because out there in the real world they are too scared to make themselves heard!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-25 18:26

      Samora,I'm not going to let your arrogance intimidate me.I'm born & broughtup in SA,I'm 60 yrs, married to an exzim, don't try and give me a History lesson on either country, especially as I took History as a subject. You state that Zimbabwe is a free country...how is a country free when they have a dictator as President. It was not Britian who destroyed Zim.It was Mugabe taking the land from all those highly successful Tobacco farmers who brought in millions of dollars giving the country wealth..Zim tobacco was world renouned...and he distroyed it all on his own. Once the land was given to the black Zims..what did they do with that very fertile land...NOTHING. Let me point out, I'm not a racsist..I do not agree with what happened in the past..during the aparthied years, I was not of voting age to prevent it, but as soon as I was, I voted against it.My Mother worked, and my maid became my Mom(I loved this lady).When I read these reports, my comments are never racial but the truth, I so much want SA to grow and be great for all it's people, that it hurts to see when things are heading for a possible disaster. I hate the way these comments become black verses white..I tell you we better all start to try to come together (all colours)or this country doesn't stand a chance. This is a BEAUTIFUL land, lets make it work, before it's to late.Please no one must ever refer to me as a privileged white, or say Idon't understand the black mans view..because I do.

      Juicecard - 2012-02-26 09:46

      I like your guts

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-25 16:49

    Of course there will be 1000's. Where there is freebees there will always be 1000's.

      Marion Harmse - 2012-02-26 06:07

      Eat cake for 1 day and starve for theother 364! Go figure????

      Kagiso - 2012-02-26 12:47

      @marion, those brainwashed supporters will be lucky to even get a crumb or a used bone. mugarbage invites or forces all those people to attend just for show for the tv cameras.

      Flash Mnisi - 2012-02-26 14:47

      u ryt evn haters wil b d aslng as ds free food evn me iwould b there

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-25 17:27

    I'm off to party in zim this weekend!

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-02-25 18:09

    1000' gathered while millions sugger in Zim ....

  • Marius - 2012-02-25 18:19

    Samora Machel's umthondo is very small and he simply has no amasende.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-25 19:42

    Mugabe will win the next election by hook or by crook. There is no doubt about that. It his main reason for staying on as the president. The downfall of Africa is that the people grovel, idolise and suck up to these dictators as if they are gods.

  • Kagiso - 2012-02-25 22:52

    i hope tht someone had the decency to put rat poison or cyanide into his cake.

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-01 03:26

    To hell with the west, but bring on the drummies. LOL.

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