THE African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games torch lighting ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sport, Arts and Culture minister Andrew Langa has confirmed.
He said the ceremony would be held at the State House.
“On Thursday, His Excellency President Robert Mugabe will light the games torch at State House,” he said.
On Saturday, the games mascot Jambo was paraded around Bulawayo to introduce him to the residents as he will visit all the venues from December 5-14 when the games are held in Bulawayo.
The elephant was chosen as a mascot since it is depicted in the City of Bulawayo’s coat of arms.
The roadshow to introduce Jambo to Bulawayo residents started off at Hotel St Patricks past Tredgold Building along Leopold Takawira Avenue to the City Hall car park and TM Hyper before proceeding to western suburbs.
The convoy of vehicles passed through Makokoba, Mzilikazi, Njube, Mpopoma, Number Six Nkulumane Complex, Nkulumane, Bellevue and back to the City Hall.
Countries expected to take part in the games include hosts Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, the Seychelles, Swaziland and Zambia. They will compete in basketball, judo, football, netball, swimming, athletics, boxing and tennis.