BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Gabriel Mugabe, on Monday, received a “special mobile chair” in celebration of his 93rd birthday.
Born on February 21, 1924, Mugabe celebrated his birthday last month. At a birthday bash held in his honour at the time, the Southern Africa head of state reiterated that he is not quitting politics yet.
Though the motive for presenting the wheelchair was not stated, multiple media outlets reported that the belated birthday gift was handed over to the president by his cabinet ministers.
The event was coordinated and organised by Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira.
At the special belated birthday presentation ceremony, which was well-attended by his cabinet ministers at State House on Monday morning, Mugabe thanked the ministers for the gift, adding that the move is a manifestation of the team spirit which should always prevail at all times in the delivery of services to the country.
In addition, the 93-year-old leader also got a brand new 9 carat wristwatch called the Gushungo brand and a pen, also a Gushungo label.
Also in attendance was the Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office Simon Khaya Moyo
According to News24, Constitutional lawyer and former adviser to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa reacted by saying: “So President Mugabe’s cabinet gave him a special mobile chair. Does he get the message?”
Shortly after the ceremony, Twitter came up with loads of side-splitting shades that got most people talking.
— #EDUCATIONFORALL (@MakomboreroH) April 3, 2017
When Grace said her husband would rule from a wheelchair, we thought it was a joke.
Ministers today gave him a "special mobile chair" pic.twitter.com/Tlupx3fsRw
— Zim Media Review (@ZimMediaReview) April 3, 2017
Dr Amai prmsed us tht Mugabe wl rule in wheelchair.it has happned.Mugabe has bn presented wt a special mobile chair https://t.co/8boYtakpHR
— zvobgo luckson (@zvobgoluckson1) April 3, 2017
Mugabe recently announced his intention to run again for another five-year term in 2018. He has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and has been the only one since the country’s independence from Britain.
There’s widespread suspicion that his Grace might be aiming for the top spot though she faces bitter opposition in a faction of the ruling party aligned to vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
BuzzSouthAfrica recalls that in 2015, Zimbabwe’s first lady said she plans to get a “special” wheelchair for her husband so that he can continue to rule.
Speaking at a political rally at the time, she vowed to push the wheelchair herself, taking a swipe at critics who say her husband is too old to govern.