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HARARE - Supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe heaped praise on him even as the devastated nation marked the 27th anniversary of its independence from the UK yesterday.
Mugabe, the former guerilla who has been in power since 1980, was due to make a speech at the Harare football stadium where the inaugural independence celebrations were held. Smaller rallies will be held at provincial capitals across the country.
In a nine-page "Independence Special", yesterday's edition of the state-controlled Herald newspaper carried short messages from readers showering praises on Mugabe as a symbol of Zimbabwe's independence.
"I thank the president for leading Zimbabwe peacefully," said a writer named Josphat.
"President Mugabe, you are like no other black leader in this world," went a message written anonymously.
"Congratulations, president, for being a true leader."
The newspaper also carried advertisements from government departments, town councils and companies congratulating Mugabe on the country's independence anniversary.
In a speech on the eve of the independence anniversary, Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 83, fired a now-familiar broadside at the former colonial power and branded his domestic opponents as "evil-doers who act as [UK prime minister Tony] Blair's representatives here".
He said they were party to a campaign "to make Zimbabwe a colony again". - Sapa-AFP