Preparations for Zimbabwean President Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebrations are underway and according to the ruling Zanu-PF youth league it should be celebrated like Christmas Day.
The party’s national youth leader, Kudzai Chipanga declared that Mugabe’s birthday should not be treated like an “ordinary day” since to them the veteran leader is “The Messiah”, NewsDay reports.
Mugabe’s birthday falls on February 21. This year the nonagenarian is turning 93.
“To us, February 21 is not just a day. To us, it is a special day we treat in the same manner Christians treat December 25, the birthday of Jesus Christ. I don’t want to be blasphemous, but in my humble view, President Mugabe is second to Jesus Christ. He is our saviour, so his birthday means a lot for us the youths of Zimbabwe,” he said.
Chipanga also hailed Mugabe’s wisdom, adding that he was the only person who could steer the southern African country from its current economic situation.
Zanu-PF youths had set a fund-raising target for this year’s celebrations – but it appeared to be lower than normal. Their target is 25,000 USD from the country’s 10 provinces. It is less than what was raised last year.
Each province was expected to raise $25 000 towards the event which was set to be held in the Matopos National Park.
Last year youths were reportedly told to raise $30 000 from each province though some had difficulty meeting the target.