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Mugabe’s massage chair for belated birthday gift sparks debate

Cabinet ministers included a pen and a wristwatch made from 9-carat gold to Robert Mugabe's belated 93rd birthday gifts.

FILE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - A report that members of President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet have given him a massage chair as a belated birthday gift has sparked debate.

Two years ago, his wife Grace suggested that Mugabe would rule the country until he’s a hundred from a special wheelchair.

Cabinet ministers included a pen and a wristwatch made from 9-carat gold to their belated 93rd birthday gifts to President Mugabe.

But it’s a chair that’s got people talking: state ZBC radio initially said the President had been given what they called a mobile chair.

This immediately prompted speculation it was some kind of wheelchair.

But the ZBC later corrected its story, saying that the gift was in fact a massage chair.

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