VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AA) – A golf course in Zimbabwe’s resort town of Victoria Falls was on Saturday the venue of a lavish birthday party for Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.
Thousands of people had converged on the course to attend the event, which marked the birthday of the President who turned 91 on Feb. 21.
Colorful lights were everywhere paving the road for the emergence of the nonagenarian President, the African continent’s oldest head of state.
When he arrived, Mugabe was accompanied by his wife, Grace, and his children. He seemed, however, tired and absent-minded.
In front of the President, eight birthday cakes were placed on a table. But before he was handed a knife to cut the cakes, Mugabe addressed his 20,000 invited guests for more than an hour on the need to appropriate all remaining white-owned land.
One of the cakes – which had the map of Zimbabwe drawn on it along with Mugabe’s bust – was said to weigh 91kg. Another cake had bush paintings as well as the spectacular Victoria Falls on it.
Mugabe – the only leader Zimbabweans have had since their country’s independence in 1980 – also released 91 balloons into the air. The balloons were in the colors of the Zimbabwean flag.
Guests were served ice creams and yoghurt sent to the event by the President’s family’s diary company.
Apart from the eight cakes, Mugabe was also given a Ford Mondeo 1955 car as a present from the youths of his Zanu PF Party.
The Zimbabwean President celebrated his 91st birthday on Saturday under the slogan “Celebrating the birth of Gushungo, the icon of Zimbabwe’s revolution and champion of youth empowerment.”
More than 50 beasts and two elephants were slaughtered for the event.
The event estimated to have cost $1 million.
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