Tragic coincidence on Mugabe’s birthday

Robert Mugabe admires a cake made for his 93rd birthday celebrations hosted at Rhodes Preparatory School in Matopos, Matabeleland South Province on February 25, 2017. Zimbabweans marked Mugabe's 94th birthday on February 21, 2018 with an official day-off, but without the extravagant cakes. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Former President Robert Mugabe marked his birthday; Morgan Tsvangirai was buried.
  • Until November 15, 2017, Mr Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years.
  • When Mugabe took office in 1980, Mr Tsvangirai was 28-years-old working in a nickel mine.

By co-incidence, two of Zimbabwe’s political protagonists, some might say, the worse and the best, hit landmarks last week. Former President Robert Mugabe marked his birthday; Morgan Tsvangirai was buried.

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