Saturday, January 21, 2006

Mugabe turns 82


Reports that President Robert Mugabe visited a Johannesburg hospital, his upcoming 82nd birthday and recent comments from Vice President Joyce Mujuru have nurtured speculation as to who will succeed Zimbabwe’s sole leader since independence.

A spokeswoman for the Johannesburg hospital Mr. Mugabe visited this week said he was just visiting a patient there name was not disclosed....

Then there is this part of the story:

Officials of his ruling ZANU-PF party are asking businesses for donations to meet the costs of a US$100,000 Mugabe birthday celebration February 21 in eastern Manicaland province.


Harare - Zimbabwe's 10 provinces are being asked to raise one-billion Zimbabwean dollars (about R63 000) each to celebrate President Robert Mugabe's 82nd birthday next month, a state controlled newspaper reported on Friday....

"Our president is a source of inspiration to all the country's youths and we need to ensure that this year's celebrations are a resounding success," said Enock Porusingazi, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party youth chairperson for Manicaland.

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