Friday, 21 February 2014

President Robert Mugabe is 90

President Robert Mugabe, the oldest leader in Africa , and second oldest in the world, is 90 years old today, The Zimbabweans have known no other leader apart from Mugabe who has been ruling them since independence from Britain in 1980. He is spending $1million to celebrate his birthday, but some Zimbabweans are really not happy about this, though those around him have no problem with that as 90 is a significant year to them. are. Here are a few reactions to this:

"This is a very special celebration. Turning 90 is no mean feat. You cannot turn 90 years when you are a womaniser, a drunkard or a chain smoker. We will be celebrating the life of a very special person on a very special occasion." ~ Absalom Sikhosana, secretary for youth affairs in Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

"It would be inappropriate for a country's head of state to have such a lavish and costly celebration at a time when the country is faced with the disaster of flooding and a crumbling economy. It's about cultism, hero worship, institutionalizing Mugabe, with sycophants around him trying to oil the wheels of patronage. There's an entire system behind this corruption. His human rights record is one that no one can honestly admire. There is nothing to celebrate about his birthday or his legacy – and there are concerns that, if something should happen to him, the country might be plunged into chaos if there is no clear mechanism for transition"
~ Dewa Mavhinga, a Zimbabwe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The economy is going down and we need to do something about it. The government is clueless and has no idea how to manage it. Things are getting worse every day.”
Well…happy birthday Mugabe." ~ Tendai Biti, a finance minister.

Happy Birthday, Mugabe. Hope your people are happy.We wish you long life and Prosperity.

Would Mugabe get the kind of world celebration Mandela got at his 90th birthday?

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