21st February Movement fever grips Victoria Falls

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
THE celebratory mood often associated with the 21st February Movement commemorations has already gripped the resort town of Victoria Falls.The party’s provincial youth chairperson, Cde Tamuka Nyoni, said everyone was excited by this year’s celebrations which are coming at a time when President Mugabe is chairman of both Sadc and the African Union.

About 20,000 people are expected to attend the main event to be held at Elephant Hills Resort on February 28.

The children’s party will be at Victoria Falls Farm School and the celebrations will wind up with a  gala in the evening.

More than than 110 selected children from the country’s 10 provinces kick off the celebrations by visiting different tourists attractions in and around the resort town.

Matabeleland North Politburo members will on Friday visit the venue of the annual event to check on the preparations.

“We’ll be having a special meeting on Friday and representatives of different sectors are expected to attend. All politburo members from the province are also coming to check on the preparations,” said Cde Nyoni.

The 29th edition of the celebrations to mark President Mugabe’s 91st birthday, are being held under the theme “Celebrating the birth of Gushungo, the icon of Zimbabwe’s revolution and champion of youth empowerment.”

Meanwhile, Cde Nyoni said they were hopeful all people and companies that made pledges towards the day would own up.

“We’re happy that people are willing to contribute towards the President’s birthday. Most of the food donations have come,” said Nyoni.

The Zanu-PF Youth League has organised the annual event since its inception in 1986.

President Mugabe is the patron of the 21st February Movement.

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