The Herald (Harare)

19 February 2013

Zimbabweans Urged to Mark President's Birthday Through Social Work

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabweans have been urged to dedicate 89 minutes to engage in social programmes that help others on Thursday as a tribute to mark President Mugabe's birthday that falls on February 21.

Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Absolom Sikhosana said on Monday that the idea was conceived to recognise the good that President Mugabe, who turns 89 on Thursday, is 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 up-liftment of the country and the quality of lives for the generality of Zimbabweans."

Cde Sikhosana said the dedication should be a national event to take place between 1pm and 2.29pm.

He said those who could not perform their good deeds at the suggested time should still do so at a time of their convenience.

Cde Sikhosana said the 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.

Cde Sikhosana, who is also the chairperson of the 21st February Movement national organising committee, said preparations for the celebrations slated for Chipadze Stadium in Bindura on March 2 to mark President Mugabe's birthday were at an advanced stage.

He said transport would be provided to all 10 provinces to ferry those who wished to join in the celebrations.

Cde Sikhosana said those mandated to carry out various tasks had completed most preparatory assignments.

Although the 21st February Movement was the brainchild of Zanu-PF youths, it has since grown to encompass all Zimbabweans regardless of their political affiliations.

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