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Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Zimbabwe declared February 21 to be Mugabe National Youth Day

nsnbc : Zimbabwe has officially declared February 21 to be Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, thereby honoring the former, recently deposed president.

Grace Mugabe promoted as possible successor of what would become an allegedly socialist Zanu-PF "family dynasty".

Grace Mugabe promoted as possible successor of what would hav become an allegedly socialist Zanu-PF “family dynasty”.

The new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to form a cabinet this week. Mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention combined with an intervention from parts of his ruling ZANU-PF that thought he had overstayed his welcome and those who were opposed to the creation of a “Mugabe dynasty”.

Police has returned to the streets and police and army are to stage joint patrols as the country returns to normal, the authorities have said. Police had not been seen in public until November 21 when Mugabe resigned and they slowly started returning to work. The army had effectively been in charge.

Before the army operation, police officers had been an ever-present sight in the centre of the capital, Harare, and roads around the country, although they were not always welcome as many complained of police harassment.

Calls for the former president’s birthday to be made a national holiday were reportedly adopted by the government in August, following intense lobbying by the Zanu-PF Youth League. The decision was officially recorded on  Friday.

Last week, President Mnangagwa aimed at reconciliation and said the former president needed to be given the respect and recognition he deserved as one of the founders and leaders of Zimbabwe. “To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader,” he said during his acceptance speech at his inauguration on Friday.

CH/L – nsnbc 27.11.2017

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