Mugabe family, allies throw party to celebrate his ‘100th birthday’

Bash revealed by late dictator’s former media point man Jealousy Mawarire

By Staff Reporter

Robert Mugabe’s family members and close allies on Saturday threw a party to celebrate the late former president’s “posthumous centenary” birthday.

The event, which had been kept private from the media, was held at the once tough ruler’s rural home of Kutama, Mashonaland West.

It was revealed by former journalist Jealousy Mawarire, Mugabe’s media point man during the period between his ignominious exit from power through a 2017 coup and his death in 2019.

“The man to my right, Mkoma Wonder, stood by Mdara RGM till the end. It was wonderful to catch up with him at Kutama today for the posthumous centenary birthday celebrations for President Robert Mugabe,” read a caption on an image posted on X by Mawarire.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017, died in 2019 aged 95.

He would have been 100 this year.

The former leader once predicted in an interview he was going to reach a hundred years alive.

His posthumous centenary celebrations came as the nation observed the Zimbabwe National Youth Day, a holiday that was declared by the current Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration to celebrate Zimbabwean youths.

The youth day coincides with Mugabe’s birthday on 21 February and is a sequel of the late dictator’s once famous birthday celebrations under the auspices of the now defunct 21st February Movement.

Mugabe’s extravagant birthday celebrations were once a prominent feature on the national political calendar and were themed around celebrating Zimbabwean youths.

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