Irony as Mugabe bash moved to Rhodes’ school

IN an ironic twist, President Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash has been moved from Matopos National Park to the Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (Reps), named after Cecil John Rhodes, who spearheaded Zimbabwe’s colonisation.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Some of the cakes at President Mugabe’s birthday last year
Some of the cakes at President Mugabe’s birthday last year

There had been an outcry that the initial venue was too close to Bhalagwe, where there is a mass grave for people killed during the Gukurahundi massacres of 1983 to 1987, which could have forced organisers to move the venue, but the choice of Reps could be awkward for Mugabe, who blames most of the country’s problems on colonialism and Western interference.

Adding onto that, a number of Zanu PF activists have in the past demanded that Rhodes’ bones be dug up from the Matopos National Park and tossed into the Zambezi River.

However, the change of venue has not appeased those against Mugabe’s celebrations.

Anglistone Sibanda, the coordinator for Matobo Development Forum said Mugabe should not hold his bash in the area, arguing it’s akin to “spitting on our relatives’ graves”.

“This new site is just five kilometres from the mass graves and we are saying, without an apology from the government to those killed during Gukurahundi, this party should not come here,” he said.

Zanu PF youth boss, Kudzai Chipanga has insisted the choice of Matobo is informed by the ruling party’s thrust to “promote local tourism”.

Chipanga has scoffed at howls of disapproval from Matabeleland pressure groups.

Mugabe unleashed a North Korean-trained crack army unit, under the guise of hunting down dissidents in the 1980s.

What followed was an orgy of violence on a scale never seen before, leaving an estimated 20 000 civilians dead.

The Matobo Business Community has called on opposition parties and civic society groups to institute measures to stop Zanu PF from holding Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebrations in the area.

Mugabe’s birthday celebrations are held under the banner of 21st February Movement.

Meanwhile, civil rights groups in Harare this week launched a campaign dubbed #21DaysCampaign to highlight 21 priority issues affecting the country. The groups are demanding that Mugabe attends to these issues before “cutting your cake”.

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7 Comments

  1. What can Zimbabweans expect from this chipanga (lowercase intentional)? He was “given” a farm and probably a vehicle – enough ammunition, apparently, for the average Zanu PF member to kill for.
    That’s how low the value of life has fallen in Zimbabwe.

    People with a sense of pride acquire such things privately, THAT is what is called progress.

    1. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, the truth is CDE RG loves Rhodes and the Rhodesia’s because if it wasn’t for them he would never have even become president. So it only makes sense that he honours his fallen heroes on his last birthday!!

  2. Last Birthday KKKKKKKKKKKK.

  3. It boggles the mind to see a young man like Chipanga advocating to be led by a granny and also trusting the future of his children in the hands of a nonagenarian who is no longer able to even stir sugar in a tea cup.Lunatics like Chipanga may be having a false sense of wealth,obviously ill gotten and security wise since all security portfolios are largely influenced by their old dictator,but he should get it into his thick skull that the demise of the likes of him and their murderous party has never been so near like it is right now.Its time to prepare for the worst times of your lives.Nothing lasts forever young fool.We are counting days,watch the space!

  4. Just let him have the bash there 5km from the people he killed for no reason. Maybe he might just drop dead after eating the cake…

  5. Zanu PF will make the biggest mistake of their lives. I know they will field Mugabe and he will submit his nomination papers which will be accepted. However, just a few days to the election, the Lord will do the needful and I forsee Tsvangirai being declared winner unopposed because the nominations would have closed. You will rue this mistake, try to create anarchy but the international community will instruct you to obey the law.

    Foretold is fore armed.

  6. What goes around comes around. And its very soon

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