Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, marked his 93rd birthday with a long speech and a 93 kilogram cake in the shape of Africa at a lavish party just outside Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Bulawayo.
Wearing a suit printed with his own portrait, Mugabe addressed thousands of government supporters and members of his ZANU-PF party for over an hour. His speech was also carried on state radio and TV.
Although Mugabe’s rivals in his own party squabble in the background, he says he will not appoint a successor, but will run in next year’s elections despite political violence, a barely functioning economy and widespread hunger.
Dr. Knox Chitiyo, a Zimbabwe expert at a London think tank said, “He is still the boss, even if there is obviously a growing impatience … about what happens when he is gone.”