Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
YOUTHS in Victoria Falls on Saturday set the ball rolling for President Mugabe’s 91st birthday celebrations with a march across town.
The march which started at Moringa shops in Mkhosana Township at 9am, has set the tone for a celebratory mood in the resort town which will host the celebrations on Saturday.
The venue for the main event will be Elephant Hills Resort Golf Course while the children’s party will be at Victoria Falls Farm School on Friday afternoon.
The celebrations will end with a music gala at Chinotimba Stadium on Saturday evening.
Residents lined up the streets to catch a glimpse of the colourful march alongside tourists.
Marchers who included Zanu-PF and ordinary youths, schoolchildren and residents wore T-shirts carrying the theme of the celebrations:
“Celebrating the birth of Gushungo, the icon of Zimbabwe’s revolution and champion of youth empowerment”.
They also carried placards with birthday messages for the President.
Addressing the marchers at OK car park where the march ended at 2pm, Provincial Youth chair Cde Tamuka Nyoni said they saw it fit as the hosting province to set the ball rolling.
“As the hosting province we saw it fit to hold a march as we join the First Family and His Excellency in celebrating his 91st birthday,” he said.
Cde Nyoni urged youths to come in their numbers to celebrate with the President on his big day.
He said this year’s celebrations were unique as President Mugabe was recently appointed AU chair and Sadc chair last year.
“Youths should be free to come and celebrate with a visionary leader who has the spirit of Ubuntu. We’re preparing for February 28 when the whole country will be here in Victoria Falls. This year’s celebrations are unique because they’re three in one.
“We’re celebrating the President’s birthday, his appointment as Sadc chair and AU chair and we should therefore all join him in celebrating,” Cde Nyoni said.
The organiser of the march Cde Bongani Nyathi said:
“We saw that we couldn’t just sit and wait for February 28 when we’re the host province and we therefore decided to set the tone by having a march”.
A Salvation Army band played instruments while an all female traditional dance group, Nsumbule, provided entertainment with a house music group Ezemfuleni wrapping up the day.
Meanwhile, the party’s secretary for transport and welfare in the province, Cde Daniel Sithole, appealed to all youths in all the seven districts to be ready for the celebrations.
He said there will be two buses for each district.
“Our aim is to make sure that no youth remains at home on the big day ,” he said.