Mugabe’s birthday declared a holiday in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has made former President Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported on Monday, nearly a week after the long-time ruler stepped down. “February 21 of every year henceforth shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day,” The Herald reported, citing a government newspaper. The move follows intense lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league and comes weeks after the country’s biggest airport was renamed after the man who ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 40 years, AFP said.