Mugabe axes traditional birthday interview
Mugabe turns 92 on Sunday and has traditionally given a wide-ranging interview to State media on the eve of his birthday.
Not this time, said presidential spokesman George Charamba.
The development comes at a time the veteran leader has remained mum as his ruling Zanu PF party is torn by divisions over his succession.
After a politburo meeting that appeared to have calmed tempers last week, Mugabeâ€™s wife Grace staged a rally which she used to brutally attack vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Grace, backed by a party faction to take over after her husband, effectively accused Mnangagwa of plotting a coup.
And on Thursday, war veterans said to be fighting in Mnangagwaâ€™s corner, were teargassed and beaten by riot police as they tried to gather for a rally in Harare.
Mugabe would, likely, have been asked about the growing party divisions in the interview.
Charamba however, said the Zanu PF leader was currently too busy.
â€œOwing to the Presidentâ€™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.
â€œHe has agreed to have the interview soon after the commemorations.
â€œThe interview will come after Masvingo and will allow the President to reflect on his life and contemporary developments,â€ Charamba told state media.Post published in: Featured