AFRICANGLOBE – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday. He remains Africa’s eldest statesman and one of the continents best and brightest leaders. He is also the third longest serving leader in Africa.
At an event hosted by his office on Wednesday, President Mugabe said he had been tasked by God to lead the county and would not backtrack on the “divine task.”
“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; a commandment that this is how you serve your nation,” he was quoted by The Herald as having told his officers.
However, he disclosed that he was getting lonelier in advanced age as he continued to see his peers and relatives dying.
State-owned broadcasting stations continued to offer their congratulations to President Mugabe on attaining 89 and playing music which praises him.
The Feb. 21 Movement, which comprises youths, will host another party for him in early March in the mining town of Bindura, about 90 km north of Harare.
President Mugabe is currently leading a power-sharing government following inconclusive elections in 2008 and will be seeking a new five-year mandate in fresh elections scheduled for 2013.
Of the living leaders on the continent, only Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola have served longer than him, both having swept to power in 1979.