A cake and well wishes: Low-key birthday expected for Mugabe

It's a big come down from previous years, when millions of dollars were spent on funding extravagant birthday parties.

FILE: Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe looking on during his 2013 inauguration and swearing-in ceremony at the 60,000-seater sports stadium in Harare. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Robert Mugabe turns 94 on Wednesday and for the first time in years, his birthday will be a low-key affair.

It's a big come down from previous years when millions of dollars were spent on funding extravagant birthday parties for Mugabe and his supporters.

For the first time in Zimbabwe, 21 February will be a public holiday but there won’t be any festivities and feasting that characterised Mugabe's birthdays in the past.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo says the day will be a youth event.

He told the private _NewsDay _that young people from the ruling party will carry out clean-up campaigns in the country’s cities.

Moyo said Zanu-PF treasures the day and reveres the former president and will send him a birthday cake and its good wishes.

Wednesday will also mark three months since Mugabe stepped down as president in the wake of a military takeover.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)