Zanu-PF Youth League reiterates call for national holiday for President Mugabe’s birthday
By Lovemore Ranga Mataire
THE ZANU-PF Youth League has reiterated its call for President Mugabe’s 21st February birthday to be declared a national holiday owing to his massive contribution to the well-being of Zimbabweans and the African continent.
Secretary for the Zanu-PF youth league, Shadrek Chipanda, told The Southern Times that President Mugabe’s illustrious political career as an African icon and liberator needed to be accorded national recognition.
“As young people, we value the birth of Cde RG Mugabe just like we do Christmas Day. Given the fact that RGM is our liberator, who liberated us politically and currently in the process of liberating us economically, we are advocating for the 21st to be declared a public holiday,” said Chipanga.
Chipanga, who is largely credited with mobilising youths for last year’s million men march in solidarity with the leadership of Mugabe, said this year’s celebrations are important given that they were being held barely a year before the 2018 harmonised elections.
He said the celebrations offered an opportunity for the youth league to showcase its organisational and mobilisation capacity.
This year’s venue is at Rhodes Estates Preparatory School situated in Matobo National Park close to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, who was buried at the World’s View site deep inside the part on a rock plateau with stunning views.
Chipanga expressed confidence in the choice of the venue, saying it was in line with the league’s quest to promote domestic tourism.
“Coming to such sites is within our theme of promoting domestic tourism. We went to Matabeleland North two years ago and had a similar event at Victoria Falls. We went to Masvingo last year, we were at Great Zimbabwe, we are in Matabeleland South, we are in Matobo and we are in line with our theme of promoting domestic tourism,” Chipanga said.
More than 100,000 thousand guests, mainly youths, are expected to attend the one-day event, which will be punctuated with speeches, cultural dances, choral music and drama.
Artistes expected to perform at the one-day event include Sandra Ndebele, Black Umfolosi, Jeys Marabini, Sulumani Chimbetu and Mathias Mhere.
This year’s celebrations are being held under the banner: “Honouring our icon and unlocking the value in youth”.
Chipanga said the theme was informed by the fact that none but Zimbabweans can honour the President and also that there was a lot of potential among the youths and that for every nation to prosper it needs to invest in young people.