The president celebrated it by immortalising himself in freshly minted gold coins and held a lavish party with a giant cake weighing 89 kg.

Guests, including his wife, first lady Grace, tucked into the four-tier treat made in his honour at the state house before he gave a thank-you speech.

Birthday boy: Robert Mugabe cuts his birthday cake with his family, his children Chatunga Mugabe and Bona Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe, as they have a slice from the 89-kg birthday cake. Pic/AFP

He also held a lavish $600,000 (Rs 3.3 crore) birthday party at a stadium in the north eastern mining town of Bindura. This is not the first time when celebration of Mugabe’s birthday turns into a nationwide event.

In 2009, the banquet in his honor included 8,000 lobsters and 4,000 serves of black caviar.

Did you know?
In January, Zimbabwe had only $217 (Rs 11,900) in its coffers, making it one of the poorest countries in the world