sakubva stadium.jpgThe city of Mutare looks set to host the 21st February Movement which will roar into life this Saturday at Sakubva Stadium.

A business expo is running concurrently with the celebrations that will mark President Mugabe’s 88th birthday.

The Chairman of the organising committee of the expo, Cde Noah Mangondo says a number of products will be on display and these include Zanu PF party regalia, services from companies like Air Zimbabwe, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB), Marange Resources and many others.

Several departments are putting final touches to their stands and the stadium has been refurbished to ensure a successful birthday bash.

Central Committee Member, Cde Mandy Chimene invited everyone to throng Sakubva Stadium to celebrate with the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.

She hoped the weather would be friendly.


‘‘We received rains last night and this morning, we are hopeful that the weather will be fair and cool. We are saying if the rains came to Mutare, Zimbabweans should also come to Mutare for the celebrations,’’ Cde Chimene said.

The 21st February Movement was launched in 1986 to celebrate the character and personality of the President Mugabe and last year, the commemorations were held in Harare.


Meanwhile, Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairman, Cde Mike Madiro confirmed that preparations for the birthday bash are at an advanced stage, adding that the celebrations should set the tone for Zimbabweans to use the coming polls as a platform to bury the neo-colonialist and regime change agenda of the West.


“The celebrations are being held as the nation prepares to go for elections which will decide the government that will safeguard the gains of the liberation struggle,” said Cde Madiro.

He said Manicaland will resoundingly celebrate this occasion as it rallies behind Cde Mugabe who is the party’s Presidential candidate in the coming polls.

Cde Madiro dismissed media reports that vendors around Sakubva Stadium have been unceremoniously removed from their selling points, saying their temporary removal is meant to spruce up their stalls in the wake of typhoid and cholera outbreaks in some parts of the country.

Cde Madiro asked: “If you are living in a cabin and it is destroyed so that a mansion is built for you, would you complain?”

He took a swipe at claims that President Robert Mugabe is hosting a lavish birthday while Zimbabweans are suffering, saying a birthday party is an occasion to celebrate and merry-making.

The Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairman said the people of his province are glad to be given the opportunity to host the President on the occasion of his 88th birthday.