The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: All Roads Lead to Marondera

President Mugabe's interview on the eve of his 90th birthday. ( Resource: President Mugabe's Interview on the Eve of His 90th Birthday

Marondera residents are ready to host the 21st February Movement celebrations at Rudhaka Stadium tomorrow, with youths expressing joy that they have been chosen to honour President Mugabe this year.

The celebrations are expected to be attended by more than 50 000 local and foreign delegates and supporters of President Mugabe.

Mr Robert Maphosa of Marondera said, "I just moved from Bindura and I am happy that we are celebrating our President's birthday in my new town and indeed it is a great honour.

"What pleased me most is that these celebrations have also brought development in our town because our city council has managed to repair our roads and infrastructure." Miss Tendesekai Nyagonye said she was happy to be part of the celebrations.

"We are the youths and we have seen banners that show that this ceremony is meant for us through its theme, Zim-Asset -- Growing the Economy for Youths Empowerment and Employment.

"This shows that the youth are being recognised in this country and have that power to drive a prosperous economy since we are the future," said Ms Nyagonye. Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said they were through with all preparations.

"Everything is now in order and we are also going to have over 500 schools performing here for President Mugabe's birthday," he said.

"We are celebrating a number of things; that is President Mugabe's birthday, his achievements at Sadc and the African Union and the (2013) election victory.

"Tents have been pitched and the town has been spruced up with the stadium getting a facelift. We have established 20 water points and hired a number of mobile ablution facilities for the people."

Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial youth chairman Cde Luckson Kandemiri urged all youths to attend the ceremony.

The 21st February Movement was established in 1986 to encourage youths to emulate President Mugabe's selfless character and leadership qualities.

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