Schools closed for Mugabe's birthday bash

BULAWAYO - Government said yesterday all of Matabeleland schools will be closed to students for two days due to President Robert Mugabe’s 93rd birthday bash set for Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (REPS) in Matobo on Saturday.

The directive was issued by the Primary and Secondary Education ministry. It decreed schools to close today and tomorrow.

“We have received communication from the ministry of Education informing us to close school between tomorrow and Friday to enable people to join in the celebrations for the February 21st Movement which is being held in Mat South this year,” the circular said.

Mugabe turned 93 on February 21.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson and Habakkuk Trust director Dumisani Nkomo said: “Children’s right to education is being flagrantly violated at a time when pass rates are plunging.

“A birthday must be a personal, and at best, social event not a national one.”

Youth organisation, Victory Siyanqoba Trust, condemned “the frog-marching of students into an abyss of a politically-charged fête.”

“Even my own children do not dodge or abscond school on my birthday as their father,” the Trust’s Desire Moyo said.

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Mugabe Birthday Bash Protest In protest, to mark and boycott Robert Mugabe?s birthday celebrations , UK Disporians have converged at Zimbabwe Embassy House on the 21st February 2017 in disapproval of the manmade crisis and excessive looting of state resources by ZANU-PF administration in Zimbabwe. Year after year the leader of Zimbabwe holds lavish celebrations, regardless of the state of the economy. Rise Up Diaspora has called for this demonstration and fellow Zimbabwean citizens have responded in their numbers. This was made up of the following civic groups, ROHR Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Vigil, ZHRO, MaZimbabweans Yes We Can, Zimbabwe Yadzoka, #Tajamuka, #This Flag, MDC-T and many well wishers. It is clear knowledge which doesn?t need any rocket scientist to understand that the Mugabe regime is wasting money on extravagant jollification while 93% of Zimbabweans are wallowing in misery of poverty caused by Mugabe and his ZANU-PF incompetence and misrule. It has been reported in the press that each of the ten provinces is expected to raise $2.5 million towards the expenditure of this event where close to 100 000 close friends are to be fed lavishly. This is going to be collected from party provincial structures, individuals, private companies, parastatals and local authorities on forced contributions. This is day light robbery where Mugabe and his supporters are raiding the state enterprises to celebrate an individual?s personal birthday while millions are starving. Where is the missing $15billion? If the Mugabe government had? Zimbabweans at heart all moneys collected/raised for this event can surely be redirected to hospitals and schools. To?? add insult to injury schools are asked to close in respect to a leader's birthday celebrations yet all these children are not going to benefit anything from it. Mugabe?s longevity puts Zimbabwe very low on global development and governance index. He?s the oldest leader on planet. His frail health ? once stumbled after stepping off a podium and often falls asleep during meetings, flys to Singapore for regular check-ups spending taxman moneys and he?s not even acknowledging that there is nothing he can do beneficiary to the Zimbabweans with respect to his advanced age. He?s the one and only sole presidential candidate for 2018 ZANU-PF yet he?s doing nothing to improve the poor state of the country and above all leads Zimbabwe stumbling from crisis to crisis year in and year out since 1980. Zimbabwe is going through tough times as its leader is celebrating his birthday. Factory closures, banks under pressure for cash and unemployment sky rocketing, economy stagnating, civil servants going without being paid, poor health facilities, are some of the country's problems. At 92 in Masvingo? thousands of his supporters gathered to celebrate this same event and this was in a drought stricken area. In this region at the time 75% of crops were destroyed and people were experiencing Zimbabwe?s worst drought since 1992 and it left 3million people facing hunger? Under such circumstances ZANU-PF is not ashamed of hosting an expensive birthday bash for the aging ruler. As we speak more than 90% of Zimbabweans are wallowing in grinding poverty. As he was celebrating 91st birthday, his supporters backed him to run full term until 2018 and beyond. They had a lavish birthday at the resort town of Victoria Falls. As this year?s celebration is carried on it will leave sour taste in the mouth of many trying to survive in a nation with massive unemployment and food shortages. During his 90th celebrations he invited white people to build the country ?If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you become a friend? he said to them. Unlike in his message at 85th birthday celebrations when he called for the last white farmers to leave. So what hopes can we aspire as Zimbabeans in such a leader. Please see link below:-

Pythias Makonese - 23 February 2017

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