Thousands celebrate Mugabe's 89th birthday
BINDURA, Zimbabwe (AFP) - Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, treated 10,000 party faithful on Saturday to a feast of music and poetry singing his praise to mark his 89th birthday.
Mugabe, who turned 89 on February 21, sported a bright red cap with his year of birth in green numbers and looked jovial as he cut his birthday cakes during an event at a stadium in the northeastern mining town of Bindura.
The man who has ruled the southern African nation since independence in 1980 walked around the stadium wearing an elegant tan suit and waving at the crowd, flanked by his wife Grace and two children.
Showing no sign of fatigue, he gave the ZANU-PF officials and supporters a trademark hour-long fiery speech packed with anti-Western rhetoric and stinging criticism of his political opponents.