President Mugabe birthday wishes start rolling in

By Drum Digital
20 February 2015

The T-shirts have been printed and the congratulatory messages for President Robert Mugabe, who turns 91 on Saturday, are already rolling in.

But no-one wishing the longtime Zimbabwean leader a happy birthday will be able to entirely forget the awkward moment when he fell less than a month ago, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Mugabe's party -- a lavish spread on the golf course of the swanky Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls -- will not be held until February 28.

If he is back from a Southern African Development Community (SADC) troika meeting in South Africa, his birthday on Saturday will be low-key: most likely a cake presented to the president and his wife by his staff, and Happy Birthday played on state radio.

The official Manica Post newspaper was already littered with birthday messages for Mugabe from schools, individuals and businesses on Friday.

"Chipinge Breezes Lodge management and staff congratulate His Excellency Comrade RG Mugabe on his 91st birthday," read one of them.

A commemorative T-shirt has been made by local designer Xenophon Tome-Garanga, according to state media.


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