towards their president Robert Mugabe’s upcoming birthday celebrations
later this month.
Over the past years, the long time ruler has been known for extravagant
birthday celebrations – which usually would cost millions of dollars.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, this year’s birthday bash organisers said they aimed
at raising at least 150 heads of cattle to feed about 100 000 guests.
A Zanu-PF lawmaker Never Khanye said that the donations were voluntary,
but that large-scale farmers in Matabeleland South, where the
celebrations would be held, must donate a cow each to show appreciation
of the long-time leader.
“We have set a target to raise 150 cattle for the event. We are
appealing to well-wishers to do so willingly and not to come again
tomorrow and say we were forced.
“All A2 farmers who got offer letters must donate a beast each for this
event and those that will fail we will take it that they don’t
appreciate what the president has done for them,” Khanye was quoted as
Last month the ruling Zanu-PF youth league said that Mugabe’s birthday should be celebrated like Christmas Day.
The party’s national youth leader, Kudzai Chipanga maintained at the
time that the veteran leader’s birthday should not be treated like an
“To us, February 21 is not just a day. To us, it is a special day we
treat in the same manner Christians treat December 25, the birthday of
Jesus Christ. I don’t want to be blasphemous, but in my humble view,
President Mugabe is second to Jesus Christ. He is our saviour, so his
birthday means a lot for us the youths of Zimbabwe,” Chipanga was quoted
Source – News24wire.com