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Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:45

89 things for 'divine' Mugabe's 89th birthday

By Janet Shoko

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 89 on Thursday, claims he was handed a divine task by God to lead the southern Africa country and has a "burden of fulfilling it".


But despite the God given old age, Mugabe says he is getting lonely, as all his peers and family are dying before him.

"In my small way, this is the task the Lord might have wanted me to fulfill among my people and as I carry the burden of fulfilling it, it being a divine task, I read it as a bidding of God," the State controlled newspaper, quoted the veteran leader as saying.

"A commandment that this is how you serve your nation."

As Mugabe celebrates his 89th birthday, he says he is raring to go, as he readies himself for an election that could see him being president of Zimbabwe until he is 94.

"The bidding (from God) says you move forward ever. Do not retrace when you are right. No backward movement when you are right," he said.

Fawning government officials have often likened Mugabe to either the Biblical Moses or better still to Jesus.

Vice President Joyce Mujuru recently said Mugabe was anointed at the age of 10 to lead the country, suggesting it was sacrilege to challenge him for the presidency.

"People are wasting their time by opposing President Mugabe. It was prophesied way back in 1934, when he was only 10 years old, that he was going to lead this country.

"How can a normal person challenge such a leader?" she asked.

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is one of Africa's longest ruling leaders.

As per tradition state run firms and ministries splashed congratulatory messages with some describing Mugabe as "a principled nationalist, iconic Pan African statesman and gallant fighter".

His health has been the subject of much speculation, especially since WikiLeaks released a 2008 diplomatic cable saying central bank chief and confidante, Gideon Gono had told then US ambassador James McGee that Mugabe had prostate cancer and had been advised by doctors he had less than five years to live.

Gono gave Mugabe a gift of 89 cattle, probably one for each year, with the president confirming that the beats had been delivered.

Zimbabweans have been urged to dedicate 89 minutes on Thursday to engage in social programmes that help others as a tribute to mark Mugabe's 89th birthday.

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