Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe has declared February 21 a national holiday in honor of founding father Robert Mugabe who recently resigned after a 37 year old rule at the presidency.

The national holiday shall be called the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day and is also the former President’s birthday.

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“It is hereby declared that February 21 of every year henceforth shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day,” The Herald Newspaper reported

The New president Emmerson Mnangangwa said that despite being fired by his predecessor a few weeks ago he still recognized him as a father , mentor , comrade in arms and his leader

“To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader,” he said during his acceptance speech at his inauguration.

The move to make his birthday a national holiday was championed by the ZANU-PF youth league back in August when the 93 year old veteran was still in power.

Several buildings,roads and a University that is still under construction have been named after Robert Mugabe.

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