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The government has declared 21 February a public holiday in honour of the values and principles stood for by President Robert Mugabe who was born on the 21st of February in 1924.

The announcement was made by Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo at a press conference in Harare.

Also in attendance at the press conference is Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Cde Patrick Zhuwao, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe,  Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister Cde Anastancia Ndlovu, and Cde Webster Shamu.

The day will be called Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day.

The annual celebrations are meant to celebrate President Mugabe’s birthday and recognise his contributions to youth empowerment.

"As the Government we are surely committed to this and have listened to our youths who have continuously called for this day to be declared a public holiday. While we won’t necessarily name it after President Mugabe, we will consider a name that is related to the youths," said Dr Chombo who is also the ruling party’s Secretary for Administration.

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