Zimbabwe

'Honour Mugabe's birthday with 89mins'

2013-02-21 10:22
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

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Cape Town – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has urged Zimbabweans to dedicate 89 minutes to engage in social programmes that help others as a tribute to mark the veteran leader’s 89th birthday.

Mugabe's birthday falls on February 21.

According to state owned Herald online, Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Absolom Sikhosana said the idea was conceived to recognise the good that president Mugabe was doing for the country.

"We have a very good role model in the person of the president and we should all emulate this great son of the soil in terms of our love for people and our preparedness to suffer and sacrifice in the service of our people," he said.

"All Zimbabweans should embrace this philosophy and work together for the upliftment of the country and the quality of lives for the generality of Zimbabweans."

Sikhosana said the dedication should be a national event to take place between 13:00 and 14:29. He said "those who could not perform their good deeds at the suggested time could still do so at a time of their convenience".

Sikhosana said people could engage in activities like assisting or donating to schools, hospitals, orphanages and old people’s homes, street cleaning, tree planting or any other activity beneficial to society.

A public rally to celebrate Mugabe's birthday is set to be held at a stadium in the mining town of Bindura on March 2.

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