Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Thursday celebrated his 89th birthday ,analysts in Zimbabwean politics were quick to warn that he may not be strong enough to withstand pressure of the coming elections.
Charles Mangongera one independent analyst said Mugabe faces an election hurdle in contesting with a much younger candidate, arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is nearly 30 years his junior
“I don’t see Mugabe withstanding a gruelling election campaign,” Mangongera said.
Mugabe said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr Gono made a bet that he will give him 89 cows if he turns that age which he has done, saying he was since given the herd.
The police praised Mugabe for his “unparallelled, principled and intuitive leadership.
Elderly Mugabe spent the birthday at home with his family but a public rally to celebrate his birthday will be held at a stadium in the northeastern mining town of Bindura on March 2. During the event , festivities will include a concert featuring the country’s top musicians.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.Despite speculation over his physical fitness Mugabe accepted nomination from his ZANU-PF party to stand for another five-year term in elections due in July.