President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet ministers yesterday presented him with a “special massage chair” as a belated birthday present.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Priscah Mupfumira, who coordinated and organised the event, confirmed the gifts which also included a nine-carat gold watch and a golden pen, but denied reports that they had presented him with a wheelchair.
“It’s true that I co-ordinated the event as a minister and presented the President with the gifts at State House. However, I have to clarify that we gave him a massaging and exercise chair. It’s nothing special,” Mupfumira said.
She also declined to disclose the cost of the special chair and its origins.
“It is not important where the presents were bought and for how much. It was the ministers who collectively bought the presents and no ministry was involved in the purchases,” Mupfumira said.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba was not immediately available to comment on the specifics of the chair.