The veteran president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 93 birth day in the South Africa Nation with close to $1 million lavished in massive celebrations in the capital despite the economic hardship ongoing in the country.
The 93 year old leader has been in power for over 36 years and is the only president the country has known since its independence from Britain in 1980. The African leader who became an enemy to the west after sending all white farmers away from his country and redistribute their lands to black Zimbabweans have seen his once prosperous country gradually plummeting ever since as he has faced massive sanctions from the west.
Bu it is his refusal to step down despite his aging and failing health that has kept many worried as the leader is planning to run in forthcoming presidential elections as he announced during his birthday celebrations days go. Robert Mugabe is visibly weak and struggles to walk and regularly goes for medical care in Singapore. Just days after celebrating his lavish birthday, the controversial leader flew to Singapore for yet another medical attention in what his aides says is a “medical review” and he will be expected to come home “very soon”
The veteran leader’s critics say his overseas medical trips testify to the collapse of Zimbabwe’s public health system since the economy started to fall apart in 2000.The wife of the veteran leader said weeks ago in a party rally that the leader would stand even in corpse and many will still vote for him because of the love the have for him
Grace Mugabe, who is seen as a possible successor to her ailing husband, ratcheted up her colourful rhetoric ahead of the general election due next year.
“One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper,” Grace Mugabe told a party rally in Buhera, southeast of the capital Harare.
“You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse. I am seriously telling you — just to show people how people love their president.”
President Mugabe has vowed to stand again in the election, but Grace could run if he dies before the vote.