HARARE: Supporters of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe heaped praise on him as he turned 89 today with one newspaper gushing that he was ‘ripening’ like good old wine.
The state-controlled Herald newspaper dedicated a 16-page supplement filled with congratulatory messages from state corporations, private firms and individuals, for Africa’s oldest leader.
Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is one of Africa’s longest ruling leaders.
He has accepted nomination by his ZANU-PF party to run in the presidential race this year.
A public rally to celebrate his birthday will be held at a stadium in the northeastern mining town of Bindura on March 2, where festivities will include a concert featuring the country’s top musicians.