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Mugabe's traditional birthday interview rescheduled

19 February 2016, 13:12

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's traditional interview on the eve of his birthday - February 21 - has been rescheduled, and will be held after his birthday celebrations on February 28, reports the state-owned Herald.

According to presidential spokesperson George Charamba, the interview was canned to free up space for the president, who had more "pressing issues" to attend to.

Charamba said Mugabe had a congested schedule, as he was expecting high profile visits and preparing for his birthday celebrations in Masvingo.

Mugabe turns 92 on Sunday.

"…The interview will come after Masvingo [birthday celebrations] and will allow the president to reflect on his life and contemporary development," Charamba was quoted as saying.

According to reports, Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is being rocked by factional battles which have seen his wife Grace facing off with Mugabe's right-hand man Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Despite the developments which threaten to cause a split in the party, the veteran leader has remained silent.

About a week ago, Grace accused party leaders of colluding with a relatively unknown politician and two soldiers in an attempt to try and kill her last-born child.

However, reports indicated that no one in the country believed Grace's allegations, and political analysts believed the claims were part of Zanu-PF's factional wars.

- News 24


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