Lavish party planned for Mugabe as he turns 91

FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's turns 91 on February 21st and a lavish multi-million Rand celebration in Victoria Falls is reported to be on the cards to mark the occasion.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980 and his current term of office expires in 2018, when he will be 94 - and he appears as determined as ever to serve out his term.

Donors are being asked to give generously for the birthday bash that will take place on February 28.

Party loyalists are also expected to spend millions of Rands on the celebrations while Zimbabwe’s economy tithers on a liquidity crisis while poverty and unemployment remain high.

The birthday party’s organisers say it's worth it. Organiser Tongai Kasukuwere, explains: "We are not being lavish...we are just celebrating a life...he is the last remaining from African founding fathers and it is worth celebrating, we are not ashamed."

Last year, President Mugabe spent his 90th birthday on medical treatment in Singapore.

Last week the world watched as he tumbled from a stairwell – giving motivation to the opposition parties that say he is no longer fit to rule.

But having being appointed the African Union (AU) Chair, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chair and just two years into his new term of office, some believe it’s unlikely Mugabe will hand over power.

"He is likely to be keen consolidating his succession plans which he began by firing his Vice President and appointing two new Vice Presidents...His primary intention is keeping himself as President for as long as possible. The primary reason he has given is that if he leaves power, his party will be divided but the sad reality is that his party is already divided," Political Analyst Takura Zhangazha told the SABC.