Zimbabwe’s former ruler Robert Mugabe observed his 94th birthday in private behind the walls of his Harare mansion on Wednesday.
He did so without the lavish parties that marked the occasion during his nearly four-decade rule.
Mugabe was ousted in a defacto coup by the military last November, paving way for his former deputy and protege Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president.
An intelligence official who follows Mugabe’s movements said the former ruler was at his Blue Roof mansion with wife Grace and had no known plans to leave the compound.
During Mugabe’s rule, his birthday was marked by lavish fetes thrown by his ruling Zanu-PF party, where loyalists would feast on dishes ranging from elephant to buffalo meat.
Last year, Zanu-PF spent $2 million on Mugabe’s bash just outside the second biggest city Bulawayo. A local bakery donated a cake weighing 96 kg (211 pounds).