- Opposition Movement for Democratic Change slams jamboree as “obscene”
- Elephants were slaughtered for the feast and seven huge cakes were on display in one of the tents.
VICTORIA FALLS, Saturday
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million-dollar bash that was slammed by the Opposition as “obscene” in a country wracked by poverty.
Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president’s image, sang and danced as he arrived for the jamboree at a luxury hotel in the famed Victoria Falls Resort.
Assisted by his wife Grace, the elderly liberation leader, who wore a black suit, white shirt and red tie, threw 91 balloons into the air.
The party, which comes a week after Mr Mugabe’s birthday, was held on the hotel golf course, with white marquees housing the guests.
Elephants were slaughtered for the feast and seven huge cakes were on display in one of the tents.
One giant 91-kilo creation depicted the spectacular Victoria Falls, which empty into the Zambezi river that forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The extravagance of Mugabe’s birthday parties are a subject of annual controversy in Zimbabwe.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change called Saturday’s festivities “obscene”.