‘Bureaucracy delaying declaring Mugabe birthday public holiday’

via ‘Bureaucracy delaying declaring Mugabe birthday public holiday’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe January 26, 2016

ZANU PF youths have blamed government red tape for delaying their proposal to have President Robert Mugabe’s birthday, February 21, declared a public holiday.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Addressing journalists in the capital yesterday, the party’s national youth secretary, Pupurai Togarepi said they would go ahead and celebrate the “Robert Mugabe Day” this year and lobby for people to commemorate the day like any other public holiday.

Mugabe turns 92 on February 21, with party youths organising an $800 000 bash for him in Masvingo province.

“We have started the procedures to have the day declared a public holiday. We wrote a letter last year to the Justice ministry, but you know because of government bureaucracy, we are still waiting for them (to respond). However, this year, we will go ahead and celebrate the icon. We will urge people not to go to work and youths will have real celebrations on that day,” Togarepi said.

However, opposition parties and political analysts have condemned the call for a Mugabe holiday and plans by the ruling party to hold a mega bash for him at a time the majority of the population are facing severe food shortages.

The opposition MDC-T said the money being mobilised for Mugabe’s birthday celebrations should be diverted to feed hundreds of thousands of families in drought-stricken provinces.

COMMENTS

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    With 90% unemployed who will notice a public holiday ?

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    chasura 5 years ago

    absolute nonsense!!, it`s plain and simple, if you don`t go to work on that day you miss a day`s wages. the so called youth and their mugabe should know that 21st february will never be a public holiday in zimbabwe. Once mugabe dies, he`ll rot in his grave and will be the least remembered.

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    History does not lie….. We will always be able to remember WHO ruined our beloved country….and then we can have (B.M) before mugabe and (A.M)after mugabe….and see where we are as a nation….

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    Tjingababili 5 years ago

    MAYBE WE SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER CHANGING THE NAME OF THE COUNTRY TO: MUGABESIA IN HONOUR OF THE GREAT LEADER.