On Tuesday 15 September 2020, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be celebrating his birthday.
Mnangagwa was born in 1942 in Shabani, Southern Rhodesia, to a large Shona family. His parents were farmers, and in the 1950s he and his family were forced to move to Northern Rhodesia because of his father’s political activism.
There he became active in anti-colonial politics, and in 1963 he joined the newly formed Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, the militant wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). He returned to Rhodesia in 1964 as leader of the “Crocodile Gang”, a group that attacked white-owned farms in the Eastern Highlands.
In 1965, he bombed a train near Fort Victoria (now Masvingo) and was imprisoned for ten years, after which he was released and deported to the recently independent Zambia. He studied law at the University of Zambia and practised as an attorney for two years before going to Mozambique to rejoin ZANU.
There he was assigned to be Robert Mugabe’s assistant and bodyguard, and accompanied him to the Lancaster House Agreement, which resulted in Zimbabwe’s recognised independence in 1980.
Secretary for Information Nick Mangwana announced on Monday that supermarkets will now be allowed to operate until 6.30 pm, a move from earlier lockdown stipulation which had business closing at 4:30 pm.
From tomorrow, 15 September 2020 (President@edmnangagwa‘s birthday), shops and supermarkets will now be closing at 1830 hours.
This likely means government will be lifting the 6 am- 8 pm curfew.
This is also the day interim leader of the court resurrected MDC T 2014 structures Thokozani Khupe will be sworn in as the official opposition leader in parly. The Zimbabwean reports.
This was reportedly confirmed by an official from the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda who said:
Ms Khupe will be operating in government offices, harvest house is a party office and the government will not offer security there or have business there. But a separate office will be created for the main opposition leader to do her work.
Sibanda went on to say that she will be in parly soon hence the decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to swear her in:
The government is aware that the MDC T hasn’t done it’s Congress yet but the post of an official opposition leader is given to someone who is in parliament, as you know, Ms Khupe will be in parliament. And currently, she is the opposition leader and we recognise that. If there are any changes in the MDC T that won’t affect the setup, what is needed is for someone to be in parliament. If you are outside parliament you don’t qualify to get that position.
Khupe after being sworn in will then be entitled to state security at her residence and at her offices.-Harare Live