I'm not too old ladies and gentlemen - Mugabe
30 March 2012, 13:01
Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe had guests attending the launch of Zimbabwe's Trade and Investment Policy Document in stitches when he told them that he was not too old, Radio VOP reported on Friday.
Mugabe turned 88 on February 21 and is among the oldest heads of state and government in the world today.
Mugabe, clad in a black designer suit, made the remarks after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai also attending the same event in Harare said that he was "shocked to see the companies that I have visited to have and use equipment that was bought in 1923".
"I was shocked to discover that some of our equipment at some companies was bought in 1924," Tsvangirai said.
When Mugabe stood up as Guest of Honour, he said: "I think the honourable prime minister could have been referring to me when he said the equipment in some companies that he visited was bought in 1923. I was in fact born in 1924 but I am not too old ladies and gentlemen. I am as fit as a fiddle."
"Vanorova imbwa akaviga mupini [The PM was secretively aiming to take on me], I know this man very well,"he added to the laughter of ministers, senior government officials and guests.
Tsvangirai has never hidden his opinion that Mugabe must be allowed to retire peacefully and let the country move forward. Mugabe and Tsvangirai once strong rivals joined hands to form a coalition government in 2009 after violent and disputed polls in 2008. The two are likely to square up again in elections pencilled after a referendum to adopt a new constitution.