The Zanu-PF leadership here has started preparations for this year’s 21st February Movement celebrations slated for Mucheke Stadium next month. President Mugabe’s birthday falls on February 21 and the 21st February Movement was established in 1986 to encourage the youth to emulate his exemplary character and leadership qualities.
Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira said on Monday that the province had started preparing for the President’s 92nd birthday.
He said resource mobilising committees were already in place.
Cde Chadzamira said the provincial executive was still waiting for the budget from the national executive for them to gauge how much money was required.
“We have already started and as we speak we are in the middle of preparing for the big event. We have already identified the venue and it’s Mucheke Stadium,” said Cde Chadza- mira.
He said they had set up district and provincial mobilising committees that would report to the national mobilising committee.
Cde Chadzamira said this month was the deadline for mobilising resources.
“We want to make the event the best of them all. We take pride in that for the first time, we are hosting the birthday bash and we want to do it in style,” he said.
Cde Chadzamira said people in Masvingo should attend the bash in their numbers to celebrate the life of an iconic figure in the mould of President Mugabe who has done a lot for his people under difficult conditions.
Speaking during a youth national conference at Masvingo Polytechnic College last year, zanu-pf Secretary for Youth Cde Pupurai Togarepi called on Masvingo province to be ready to host President Mugabe’s birthday bash.
Meanwhile, zanu-pf Harare provincial secretary for information and publicity Cde Abicia Ushewokunze on Monday donated 250 pairs of school shoes to underprivileged children and orphans in Warren Park suburb.
The shoes, worth thousands of dollars, were handed over to the children at Warren Park Community Hall.
Addressing party supporters, Cde Ushewokunze said he saw it fit to donate the shoes ahead of the opening of schools for the 2016 first term yester- day.
Cde Ushewokunze said the donation was in line with the Zim-Asset cluster on education, since the ruling party took education as a right of every child.