Mugabe’s birthday now a public holiday

Zimbabwe’s new government has declared ousted President Robert Mugabe’s birthday an annual public holiday to honour his contribution to the nation, the state-run Herald newspaper reports

The decision to celebrate Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day on 21 February was gazetted on Friday – the day President Emmerson Mnangagwa took office, ending the 93-year-old Mr Mugbae’s 37-year rule, it adds.

Mr Mugabe’s government had decided in August to declare his birthday a national holiday, following intense lobbying by the ruling Zanu-PF party’s youth wing, the Herald reports.

Mr Mugabe was forced out of office last week after pressure from the military and his Zanu-PF party.

By Bbc News