The secret to a long life, says Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, is “not filling my stomach”.
His country has been struggling with food shortages since his drive to chase white farmers from their properties.
In an interview televised this week ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: “I do certain things that I believe sustain life.
“I eat well, not filling my stomach, eating foodstuffs that I believe sustain one most. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it’s attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full,” the longtime Zimbabwean leader said.
At least 20 000 guests will attend the bash at the golf course of a luxury hotel this weekend to feast on elephant, buffalo, donated cattle and a gigantic birthday cake.
Mugabe’s half sister, Regina Gata, recently said that he neither smokes nor drinks.
The Zimbabwe leader has made several trips to the Far East in recent years for medical check-ups, officially on his eyes.