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President Robert Mugabe to Celebrate 91st Birthday next month in Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on February 21. Despite the rumours, the veteran ruler shows no indication that he will retire. As the year begins, Zimbabweans are contemplating what lies in store for the year ahead. It is a new year, and Zimbabwe’s strongman is preparing for his 91st birthday. This year’s lavish celebrations

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on February 21. Despite the rumours, the veteran ruler shows no indication that he will retire.

As the year begins, Zimbabweans are contemplating what lies in store for the year ahead. It is a new year, and Zimbabwe’s strongman is preparing for his 91st birthday.

This year’s lavish celebrations will be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls but the question among Zimbabweans is whether or not he will stay in office. There are persistent rumours that Mugabe is battling ill health, rumours Africa’s oldest statesman denies.

In fact he is preparing for more responsibilities. President Mugabe assumes the African Union chair at the end of the month. This in addition to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chair he took over last August.

On the streets of Harare opinions are diverse.

“I think he will retire from power when he comes back from his holiday, he is old and tired and his wife is in control.”

Some believe he is not likely to give up power yet.

“There is nothing to indicate he wants to leave power, in fact through the congress he has retained and solidified power. We are not expecting Mugabe to hand over power but we are likely to see him delegating more power to his vice president Mngangwa. We are likely to see a softening up of economic policies such as indigenisation aimed at trying to woo investors,” says political analyst Pedzisa Ruhanya.

The country’s economy also begins on an uncertain note.  In the last ten days, two banks have lost their licenses.

“There isn’t much of a difference compared to last year, because the government is still the same,” says one of the Zimbabwean citizens.

Government has denied claims of an imminent retirement or succession plan.

However recently, Information Minister Jonathan Moyo told a local radio that should President Mugabe choose to step down, the party could convene a congress to appoint his successor as per the constitution.

He refuted claims that VP Emmerson Mnangagwa has been annointed to take over the presidency.

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