>> Celebrate with us.>> A party attended by thousands and a cake weighing 96 kilograms. Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, celebrating his 93rd birthday with a lavish bash at a school outside the country's second biggest city, Saturday. The world's oldest leader has been in power since 1980.>> President Mugabe has managed to stay in power this long because he has masterfully divided his party and made sure that at all times they are competing camps.
And that they have never had time to unite to force him out, but are always fighting each other. He's also used an elaborate patronage system that rewards loyal supporters and brutally punishes those with any inkling towards taking over from him.>> Critics say Mugabe's policies have ruined the once promising country.
But he's due to stand for re-election next year, and says his ZANU-PF party has no viable alternative candidates.>> It's a statement that Zimbabweans don't find too amusing. And certainly for his two deputies who feel that they can easily step into his shoes if he were to die today or depart tomorrow for whatever reason.
But there's a certain logic toward what the president said. Zimbabwe at this moment in time and Zimbabweans in general are a little worried about the future of the country. He's not a spring chicken anymore. He's not in the best of health. He has not named a successor, and he's never wanted to, in any case.
And that is because he intends to be life president.>> Despite Mugabe's age, it seems likely that there are many more presidential birthday parties to come.