This post was originally published here

Zanu PF will next month throw a birthday party for former President Robert Mugabe.

This was revealed by Zanu PF youth league leader Pupurai Togarepi who declared they will continue honouring the man.

Already President Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed the day into law and it is now a National Holiday. On his first day in office, Mnangagwa gazetted the 21st February as The Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day.

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 makes 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.”

Speaking to Newsday, Togarepi said the party will be a small event unlike the big ones usually held. He said, “since February 21 has been declared a national holiday, we are taking advantage of that day to honour Mugabe.

“As youths, we will embark on charitable work as well spend some time with the former President. We want to have a cake and share with him. This, for us, will be a small event unlike previous ones.

“For us as youths, we believe that since this day (February 21) has been declared a holiday, it is enough honour to the former President and we shall carry on his legacy. The best way is through helping those in need and the elderly.”