25 February 2017

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

In this Dec, 17, 2016, file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses people at an event before the closure of his party's 16th Annual Peoples Conference in Masvingo, south of Harare. Zimbabwe. Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing a leader who says he’ll run again in 2018 elections.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.

Thousands of government supporters, some wearing clothing adorned with Mugabe's image, converged in Matabeleland for a birthday bash and show of strength for the ruling ZANU-PF party, beset by squabbling in the past year as the elderly president weakened and factions, one including his wife Grace, sparred ahead of an expected power vacuum.