Zapu man in trouble over Mugabe bash

A Bulawayo man, Jackson Ndlovu is headed for a showdown with the local Zanu (PF) leadership after he refused to allow his 11 year old son to travel to Chipinge to attend President Robert Mugabe 's birthday celebrations.

Ndlovu's son (name supplied), who is a grade six pupil at a local primary school, is one of the children sharing the same birthday with Mugabe who was chosen by the local 21ST February Movement organising committee to represent Bulawayo province at the annual birthday bash which will be held at Gaza stadium in Chipinge on Saturday.

"My son was one of the children who was selected in the province to attend Mugabe's birthday celebrations in Manic land. School authorities at his school were asked by Zanu (PF officials to identify pupils who share the same birthday with Mugabe. Since my son was born on 21 February, they forwarded his name to the officials without my consent. I am a Zapu supporter and there is no way my son can attend Mugabe's functions," said a fuming Ndlovu.

Ndlovu said he has already informed the school authorities to remove his son from the list of the children who will be travelling to Chipinge.

"I have already informed the school officials that my child is not going anywhere. They tried to argue that the celebrations are a national event but I told them to inform the organisers of the event that I do not want anyone from my family to be associated with Mugabe and his Zanu (PF). They can do whatever they want but I am not afraid," he said.

Last week the party's youth league said they had organised five buses to ferry the youths to Mutare for the belated celebrations. Mugabe who has ruled the country for the last 32 years turned 88 on Tuesday.

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