Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he has the energy and vitality to lead the country, “contrary to assertions in some quarters that age has caught up with him”, state owned Herald online reported on Monday.
According to the report, Mugabe “who was his usual energetic self”, told thousands of people who gathered for celebrations to mark his 88th birthday in Zimbabwe’s eastern border town of Mutare on Saturday, that he was raring to go.
“These celebrations and your coming here have lifted our spirits . . . I am still strong . . . I still have the energy to lead you but always remember the future belongs to the youths,” Mugabe said.
Mugabe took a swipe at homosexuality, urging the Zimbabwean youth at the same event to reject Western values and maintain a high standard of moral and sexual behaviour. He said that unacceptable Western values included same-sex marriages.
“We reject that outright and say to hell with you,” said Mugabe.
“You are free as a man to marry a woman and that is what we follow. That’s what produced you and me,” he said. “This kind of insanity is now part of the culture” of Europe and the United States, he said.
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