Mugabe Says His Life Is in God’s Hands as he Heads for 90 Years

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said his life is in God’s hands as he prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday next month and speculation abounded this week of his poor health.

“Ï do not know how I have lived this long,” Mugabe told mourners at the funeral of his sister, Bridget, in his rural home town of Zvimba, 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of the capital, Harare. “It is all in God’s hands.”

The government has dismissed public speculation that Mugabe’s health is weakening. He didn’t address that speculation today at the burial attended by cabinet ministers and diplomats.

In July, Mugabe extended his 33 years in power when he was re-elected for a five-year term in a vote that his rival Morgan Tsvangirai said was rigged and the U.K. and U.S. said was flawed by irregularities.

“The British up to now don’t know what hit them on July 31,” Mugabe said. “Zimbabwe’s land and its natural resources belong to the people of Zimbabwe.”

Mugabe’s sister died on Jan. 19 at 78 after spending three years in a coma after she collapsed at the burial of her older sister, Sabina.

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