To hell with you, Mugabe tells West

2012-02-25 18:04
President Robert Mugabe at his birthday celebrations in Mutare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

President Robert Mugabe at his birthday celebrations in Mutare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has wound up his 88th birthday celebrations by telling the youth to shun Western values, homosexuality and greed.

Mugabe, hosting a lavish birthday bash in the eastern city of Mutare, says some African leaders have become "weak and naive" and think only of material gains when "kneeling" to Westerners.

Mugabe turned 88 on Tuesday. Organisers from his party said 20 000 people attended the celebrations.

Unacceptable Western values included same-sex marriages, Mugabe said.

"We reject that outright and say to hell with you," he said in a nationwide broadcast of the event.

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