Mugabe Declares Birthday National Holiday

Outrage as Mugabe Feasts Among Starving Millions, Declares Birthday National Holiday

Now Daily

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe has added his 21st February birthday to the list of national holidays in a move that has shaken the Zanu PF politburo to the core.

Mugabe stage-managed the event at his 92nd birthday celebrations in Masvingo at the weekend to make the impromptu declaration.

Party youth chairman Pupurai Togarepi, a loyalist of Grace Mugabe in the race to succeed the ailing despot, proposed that Mugabe’s birthday be declared a national holiday devoted to indoctrinating the youth.

Sources said the minister of justice, vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was one of the top officials who opposed the decision, which will cost the bankrupt regime millions of dollars. Mugabe has been criticized for hosting a lavish bash costing millions of dollars at state expense at the Great Zimbabwe monument Saturday amid millions of starving people in the country, which has been hit by drought linked to El Nino. The government has received hundreds of millions of dollars from the United States and United Kingdom governments to feed some of the hungry but the aid has not reached 2.7 million people on the verge of starvation.

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