Zimbabwe declares former president Robert Mugabe’s birthday public holiday

  • Zimbabwe declares former president Robert Mugabe’s birthday public holiday
28-11-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Zimbabwe has made former president Robert Mugabe's birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported yesterday. “It is hereby declared that February 21 of every year henceforth shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day,” The Herald newspaper reported.

 The move follows intense lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league and came weeks after the country’s biggest airport was renamed after the veteran politician who ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 40 years. The 93-year-old was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president until Mugabe fired him just weeks ago.

The declaration of his birthday as a holiday is the latest of many accolades. Zimbabwe’s school of intelligence was named after him while a 1 billion dollar Robert Mugabe University is also in the works. Several buildings and roads across the country are also named after him.

Meanwhile, president of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa three days after his inauguration has dissolved the cabinet of his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who resigned after the military took control of the country.

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