President Robert Mugabe cut a 40-pound cake at a sports arena in this mining town of Bindura, about 55 miles northeast of Harare. Youth groups of his ZANU-PF party said they walked to the bash to celebrate his "walk through a life of struggle against colonialism and Western imperialism."
Mugabe said he was confident his party will triumph. He said his rivals' claims of a recent increase in political violence was intended to cover up their impending election defeat with assertions that the polls would not be free and fair.
The nation's central bank governor donated 89 cows to Mugabe, who said he was moved by the gifts and all the "giving hearts" of his supporters.
"The love that comes from the heart is far more valuable than the presents," he said.
Provincial governor Martin Dinha promised plenty of free food for an estimated 20,000 people. Mugabe party officials reportedly collected donations of $600,000. -- AP