1510: That brings to an end our session of live updates here at Matopos Juniour School. Thank you for being with us.
1505: Cde Mphehlabayo Malinga is now giving the Vote of Thanks and thanks the Matabeleland South Province for organising this year’s celebrations. He thanks the President for his words of wisdom.
1550: President Mugabe cuts the cake.
1549: Cde Chipanga now invites President Mugabe and the First family for the cake cutting ceremony.
1447: President Mugabe has finished his address.
1437: “We can have an extraordinary congress if the President retires but we must be together. I listened to President Trump speaking saying America for Americans, even building a wall at the border with Mexico. Now you have a situation like that in America so surely for you to want to go to America to look for a job what is it that you get in America which is what you cannot get in Zimbabwe? I have not seen a single person who went to work in America for numerous years coming back home rich. Therefore we say let’s build our nation and safeguard our natural resources, heritage and culture,” said President Mugabe.
“Let me end by thanking the youth from the bottom of my heart for organising this wonderful event,”
1435: President Mugabe said bond notes are just a temporary thing and the country had to adopt them for a shorter period.
1433: “This is not about canvassing, let the people judge for themselves. We don’t want imposition at all. People have said that I should choose a successor but that is what is called imposition. The Congress will choose and those who want will then come up and the party will elect as the constitution states,” he said.
1431: “If Zanu PF says I should go I’ll sit down. For your own information I never canvassed for any position I rose up to my position,” says President Mugabe.
“People who are busy forming their own groupings saying VaMugabe must go I ask myself where should I go,”
1426: President Mugabe said whatever position one seek must be a position that one must get upon a proper election.
“When we say be united we say let’s have the unity that binds us at heart and also intellectually, true unity. The party has regulations, guidelines and procedures which must be followed. Zanu PF party, as I said, is based on a party constitution and that constitution provides how people can get elected from one position to another. So why do you want to try to circumvent the constitution, u can’t twist the constitution in order for you to land a post. No we haven’t done this before in our party,” President Mugabe said.
1422: Speaking on the divisions within the party, President Mugabe said he wants a party which is tight.
1417: “We thank the clean up programmes around the country’s cities done by the youths something which is a very commendable gesture. However, as a nation let’s maintain the sanity in our cities. Tell yourselves that you are not litter bugs who go around throwing away litter. In other towns and cities in some countries, one is even penalised for littering,” said President Mugabe.
1414: “I am glad that this year God has blessed us with so much rain, dams are full others are even spilling, and we are bound to having a bumper harvest,
1410: “We lost our young men and women due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic but mainly our young men when we did not know what to do. However we now have ARVs but still the virus remains because a cure has not been found yet. We thank the Health Ministry in terms of what they have done in educating our youths. Although we have recorded a drop in HIV prevalence more still needs to be done to curb this deadly disease,” said President Mugabe.
1408: “On our part we will continue working with the Minister of Youths in harnessing the potential of the youth. There must be national youth service and I don’t know why we have slowed down on this one. We certainly must start the national youth service programme,” added President Mugabe.
1407: The President says the youth learn from the leadership and their elders so that they know how to lead when they takeover.
“Let me say that as the party and Government we recognise that the youth are important to us as a nation, they carry with them quite a number of attributes, ideas and skills. They are the vanguard of society,” says the President.
1355: He applauded the owners of Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (REPS) for changing the name of the school to Matopo Junior School.
1349: The President says the dynamism in Cde Chipanga and others must not get extinguished.
1347: “The constitution has that one mission, a mission that is ours to fulfill. We follow the guidelines in all the Provinces to accomplish this mission,” he said.
“We need the youth because they have greater vigour than all of us in the party. Women have energies of their own also which men don’t have and we combine therefore then we become organic and become a body that is determined using its youths and women to achieve the objectives that have to do with the welfare of our people, that is what Zanu PF is about,” notes President Mugabe.
1340: “I am not alone I have others around me, I am their leader and therefore I help them carry their burdens. We can say we have a Central Committee, we can say we have a Politburo, yes that’s the way it is with the wisdom from above,” notes President Mugabe.
1335: Speaking on his siblings, President Mugabe says only his sister Regina remains.
“When I look back I say aah ooh Lord why where these taken before me and why have I lived so long alone and I cannot answer that but sometimes I hear a silent voice saying all of you each man, each woman has a mission to fulfill on this world. We all have a mandate and that mandate, for some might run a short time and for others longer time,” says the President.
1331: President Mugabe says the Almighty God should be thanked for keeping him alive all these years as it is a long journey.
1329: He thanks the Youth League for organising such a colourful event to celebrate his birthday.
1328: President Mugabe is now addressing the people.
1322: He invites the Vice Presidents Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Mphoko along with their wives, on the dance floor.
1320: Cde Chipanga is now back on the podium.
1305: The First Lady says she cherishes President Mugabe’s counsel before bursting into song wishing him a happy 93rd birthday.
1301: Dr Mugabe ends her speech.
1300: ” Me and my family feel deeply humbled by the great expression of love for President Mugabe, my husband.”
1259: Amai Mugabe said the President has bequeathed the principle and philosophy of patriotism to the people of Zimbabwe, an orientation which has earned him the wrath of the West through sanctions.
“The President has bequeathed the principle and philosophy of patriotism to the people of Zimbabwe, an orientation which has earned him the wrath of the West through sanctions,” said Dr Mugabe.
1258: The First Lady describes President a caring leader, a loving husband and father.
1257: Dr Mugabe is now on the podium to give her speech.
1252: Cde Chipanga wishes President Mugabe a happy birthday and has now invited Amai Dr Mugabe to address the delegates.
1249: Cde Chipanga said that the Youth League and the Women’s League of Zanu PF party work hand in glove for the development of the country as he concludes his speech.
1247: “We reiterate the need to expedite the declaration of 21 February as a public holiday known as National Youth Day. We call on which ever ministry that is responsible for this to declare this holiday by next year. Actually we are saying whoever is responsible for this, if he or she fails to ensure that this day be made a public holiday by 2018, should not bother coming to the 21st February Movement celebrations,” says Cde Chipanga.
1244: “The youth are also grateful for the philanthropic work the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe is doing to emancipate the girl child and advocating for children’s rights. Let me warn those who use the youths to try and forward their selfish agendas that they will be exposed as we are no one’s youths but we are President Mugabe and Amai Dr Mugabe’s youths.”
“Some ministers are power hungry such that when appointed today, tomorrow they are already planning on how to topple President Mugabe.”
1234: Cde Chipanga calls for appointment of non political ministers to head economic ministries to ensure full attention to economic issues.
1233: He calls for speedy procedures if one has to open a business while lamenting the slow and tedious procedures one has to go through which takes about three weeks and above.
“2017 marks 31 years since the Youth League held these 21st February Movement celebrations and hence we do not just take this day as an ordinary day.”
1228: Cde Chipanga says the Youth League finds it hard to think of another leader who is not President Mugabe.
1220: Youth League leader Cde Kudzai Chipanga is now on the podium giving a report on the plight of youths in the country as well as the developments made so far in empowering youths.
1210: Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Abednico Ncube says the choice of venue is a blessing and the rains have opened up to signify it.
1202: Zanu PF Matabeleland South chairman Cde Rabelani Choeni says the province will ensure that the party will win the 2018 harmonised elections. He wishes President Mugabe a happy birthday before concluding his speech.
1145: Youth league representatives from some of Africa’s revolutionary parties are giving solidarity messages.
1140: Cde Innocent Hamandishe said the name of Matopos Junior School was changed since the owners felt it was improper for it to have a name of the country’s colonisers 36 years after independence.
1139: Proceedings to celebrate the birthday of President Mugabe are going on well here at Matopos Junior School formerly known as Rhodes Estate Preparatory School.
1000: Government Ministers, senior government officials and service chiefs are here present to join the celebrations which marks President Mugabe’s 93rd birthday.
0959: President Mugabe and the First family is already here.
0950: People start to gather here at the venue for the 21st February Movement celebrations as President Robert Mugabe turns 93.