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Robert Mugabe at 94, birthday observed as holiday in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s former ruler Robert Mugabe observed his 94th birthday in private behind the walls of his Harare mansion on Wednesday, without a party, even though the day has been declared a public holiday.

Mugabe was ousted in a defacto coup by the military last November, paving way for his former deputy and protege Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president.

An intelligence official who follows Mugabe’s movements told Reuters that the former ruler was at his Blue Roof mansion with wife Grace and had no known plans to leave the compound.

The Zanu-PF Youth League today celebrated the National Youth Day with various activities to commemorate former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s contribution to the liberation and development of the country, according to the local newspaper, the Herald.

Calls for former President Mugabe’s birthday to be made a national holiday were adopted by Government in August last year, following intense lobbying by the Zanu-PF Youth League.

The day coincides with the 21st February Movement celebrations meant to commemorate the principles and ideals that former President Mugabe stood for.

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