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Zimbabwe Confirms February 21 Public Holiday

Source: The Herald (Harare)
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Updated: Saturday, October 3, 2020


Zimbabwe's Service Commission chairman, Mariyawanda Nzuwah, has released a statement re-confirming that Wednesday, February 21, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe, as per the terms of the "Statutory Instrument Number 143 of 2017" (gazetted on November 24, 2017).

Last summer (2017-08-19), Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister, Ignatius Chombo, had announced that the government of Zimbabwe had amended the annual list of non-working public holidays in Zimbabwe by declaring February 21 as Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, a new annual non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe, in honour of Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, and who was born on February 21, 1924.

That announcement left unchanged the list of the dates of the 2017 non-working public holidays in Zimbabwe (General Notice 244 of 2016. Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act [Chapter 10:21]. Public Holidays in 2017), released last year (2016-09-18), but, following the recent ouster of President Mugabe, it had been supposed that this, February 21, Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, new annual non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe, would be dropped, in particular as the recent announcement in the General Notice 491 of 2017 of the dates for the 2018 non-working public holidays in Zimbabwe (2017-09-02), did not mention February 21 as a non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe.

But, later in the autumn (2017-11-25), the then recently-instated president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, signed the Statutory Instrument 143 published in the Zimbabwe Government Gazette which gazettes February 21 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe ("It is hereby declared that the 21st of February every year henceforth, shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day").



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