ZIMBABWE – President Mugabe has shelved his traditional 21st February Movement interview until after the main celebrations to be held in Masvingo next weekend owing to a pressing schedule.
The President’s spokesperson Mr George Charamba, who also doubles up as Permanent Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, made the announcement in Harare yesterday.
Said Mr Charamba: “Owing to the President’s congested programme, the high profile visits as well as preparations towards the 92nd birthday anniversary celebrations in Masvingo, President Mugabe has not been able to find time to do the traditional interview which comes on the eve of his actual birthday.
“He has agreed to have the interview soon after the commemorations.
“The interview will come after Masvingo and will allow the President to reflect on his life and contemporary developments.”
During the traditional interviews, President Mugabe usually speaks about his personal life, politics and developmental issues.
Among the issues people anticipate President Mugabe to talk about are the state of the economy and efforts being made by Government to revive it through the Zim-Asset programme.
The President also usually speaks on international affairs and how Zimbabwe is relating with other countries both in the African Union and at international forums such as the United Nations.
President Mugabe is also expected to speak on the state of Zanu-PF where some Politburo members and youths have been disregarding the party leadership.