By Agencies/Staff Writer
ZIMBABWE’S first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa threw a birthday celebration for her husband, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Friday evening at State House in Harare.
Mnangagwa, who turned 81 on Friday, celebrated with a lavish birthday dinner surrounded by family, government officials and dignitaries.
He received gifts of paintings, an antique Saint Petersburg Imperial porcelain plate and, from his sons, an all-expenses paid fishing trip on which they will join him.
Mnangagwa’s daughters-in-law gifted him a three-tier cake, with each tier significant — the first represented the president’s farm, the second “special moments in the president’s life” and the third his “determination overcoming trials and tribulations”.
The attendees, who were dressed to the nines, danced and sang along to Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday, while wishing Mnangagwa well.
The president said he felt “humbled” and thanked everyone who attended the celebration.
Mnangagwa is expected to attend the 78th United National General Assembly conference set to start on Monday in New York, United States of America, a senior official has said.
Ruling Zanu PF party national spokesman, Christopher Mutsvangwa made the announcement at a post politburo meeting press briefing in Harare on Friday.
President Mnangagwa’s attendance of the world body conference comes soon after the beginning of his second term in office following his victory in the August 23 harmonised elections that he and the ruling party won resoundingly.
He has since hit the ground running, appointing a 26-member cabinet, provincial ministers and a couple of deputy ministers despite feeble protests by the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), alleging irregularities.