Mugabe’s birthday declared holiday

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Farirai Machivenyika, Harare Bureau
The 21st of February has been gazetted as Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, effectively making former President Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday.

The notice is contained in Statutory Instrument 143 published in the Government Gazette on Friday.

“His Excellency the President, in terms of Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, hereby make the following notice: (1) This notice may be cited as the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Notice, 2017,” reads the Statutory Instrument.

“(2) It is hereby declared that the 21st February of every year henceforth, shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day.”

Calls for President Mugabe’s birthday to be made a national holiday were adopted by Government in August following intense lobbying by the Zanu-PF Youth League.

The day coincides with the 21st February Movement celebrations meant to commemorate the principles and ideals the former President Mugabe stood for.

The 21st February Movement was formed in 1986 by the Zanu-PF Youth League under the leadership of then Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Webster Shamu.

Recently, the Youth League heightened efforts to make the former President’s birthday declared a national holiday as recognition of his efforts in empowering youths.

Speaking during his acceptance speech at his inauguration as the second Executive President of Zimbabwe on Friday last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa indicated that the former President needed to be accorded the respect and recognition he deserved as one of the founders and leaders of Zimbabwe.

“To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader,” he said. “We thus say thank you to him and trust that our history will grant him his proper place and accord him his deserved stature as one of the founders and leaders of our nation.”


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  • Mthwakazi Wabantu

    Where in the world have we seen a former president’s birthday turned into a holiday? North Korea, maybe?!?! This boot licking of Mugabe needs to end. Harare International Airport should retain its former name. Mugabe must be further stripped of 10 farms before he sells them. The man is frail and senile; why fear him?

    • Dunderhead

      Focus on Mthwakazi issues, we can’t revert to Salisbury airport.

  • Buffalojump

    Nothing has changed for the people. If you are a foreign investor now looking at Zimbabwe see the indicators for change. Only people but not reality.

    • zibulo

      sure mfo. nothing has , nothng will change. Investors are cautious people , not carried away by “large”crowds of blind worshippers of so-called educated people from Harare. Chihuri re-appointed, Obert Mpofu behind ED , fist raised, Mgabe to be “protected” and to keep embezzeled monies, Zimbaweans will have a Rude Awakening , whilst the International Press was there during the army fracas , we should have taken to the streets agains’t the army and ZANU corruption , application of the New Constitution , but people got fooled and this chance will go. Soldiers were not not going to shoot, if they did they would have faced the wrath of world forces as in Lybia and elsewhere where people were shot for exercising their Rights.

    • M.M.

      What did you think will change?

  • New Zimbabwe

    Buffalojump this was probably the last act of the former president, if it was gazetted last Friday the day the new President was sown in then it was most likely already approved.

    • zibulo

      a lot of things were being fast-tracked in order to get everything called Mgabe. including renaming of Harare airport. seeing how many youths celebrated Mgabe’s removal, is it true that the current President approves of this ????

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Uyezwa ke ,,,,,,,,,,baqalalile. Opasi laba vele ngeke baze batshintshe.

    • Mthwakazi

      you have obvious personality conflicts.

      • Dumakude

        Yinkinga enkulu, Mgabe and his Zanu people like this fake Mthwakazi are all the same

  • BonzoReChihuta

    I have no problem with a Robert Mugabe Day, but can’t we make the 21st of November instead?! Kikikiki

    • Essexvale

      I don’t like parties but I like conversations in very small groups. Depending on the topic of the conversation I would probably increase the tension rather than diffuse it.

      • BonzoReChihuta


  • Wellington

    Why why why whyyyy???

    • Essexvale

      Not sure empathy has much to do with age or gender. If you haven’t got it by puberty, you’ll probably never have it.

  • igy

    For me, “National Youth Day” was enough, even on the 21st Feb. Why go on remind us of this nightmare by adding his name to the holiday name…for the why mara??

    • M.M.

      ‘mara’ … my foot!

  • Dumakude

    How can we celebrate the birthday of a dictator?

  • Viva ED

    I also do have nothing against Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, I give him credit on not allowing white supremacy in this country… Will always remember all the positive things you did…Thank You ED for showing humility and respect towards RG Mugabe, it shows the good qualities in you as a leader.

  • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

    Come on man…….Tiitireyiwo ma serious nhayika……That man had to be kicked out of office after nearly burying the country. So zero has changed and Ngwena is being disingenuous about a new Zimbabwe? By now Harare International Airport should have reverted to its original name, or renamed NOVEMBER 14 AIRPORT…if a new Zimbabwe is being reborn that is

  • Donovan Dube

    I thought we took to the streets to kick Mugabe out for destroying the country and our lives? Now we have to celebrate him by force.