Zimbabwe President Mugabe turns 91 with million dollar birthday bash
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday will celebrate his 91st birthday will a million dollar bash attended by thousands of faithful party supporters.
Victoria Falls: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday will celebrate his 91st birthday will a million dollar bash attended by thousands of faithful party supporters.
As elephants are slaughtered for the feast at a luxury hotel in Zimbabwe`s famed Victoria Falls, critics are questioning the scale of the festivities, calling them "obscene" in a country where millions live in poverty.
Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, is the world`s oldest leader.
While he is hailed by many of his African peers as a liberation hero, critics say that over the following decades he turned the "breadbasket of southern Africa" into a basket case, trampling human rights, justice and democracy.
Mugabe`s violent seizure of white-owned farms triggered food shortages and hyper-inflation, while Europe and the United States imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe over elections seen as rigged.
In an interview marking his birthday, Mugabe admitted he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland under his controversial land reforms.
"I think the farms we gave to people are too large. They can`t manage them," Mugabe said.
He also shrugged off questions over an incident earlier this month in which he missed a step and stumbled from a podium.
"I have yet to come across to a person who has not fallen. It was a slight fall, missing a step," Mugabe told state-controlled television.