NewsDay brings you live updates from Chikomba, Mashonaland East- where Minister of Commerce and Industry and MDC leader Welshman Ncube is set to launch an election campaign and introduce party candidates.
Updates by Tinotenda Samukange in Chikomba
16:50 – He wraps up by thanking other parties present and pays tribute to all the Chikomba candidates for their contribution to the success of the day.
16:44 – He urges people to stick to a coalition for devolution, says Mugabe has personalised Zimbabwe and that the development of Harare alone has been a blockade to the development of other regions.
16:39 – Ncube talks about the high unemployment rates brought upon by Zanu pf. He urges Zimbabweans not to try their luck by putting a clueless man in power.
16:18 – “A new Constitution must bring a new political order” Ncube
16:16 – Ncube calls Mugabe a bigger devil and Tsvangirai a smaller devil and says he dislikes Mugabe for his bad deeds.
16:14 – He says he will desist from a coalition of convenience.
16:11 – He urges his candidates to desist from Mugabe’s way of approach in every area. He says he is not a boss, but a servant of the people.
16:09 – Ncube urges MDC candidates to lead by example.
16:05 – Welshman Ncube takes to the podium and is met with cheers and ululations from the people.
15:59 – People break into song as they wait for Welshman Ncube to make his speech.
15:53 – He says MDC-T is a political party driven by selfishness. Ends his speech with a song.
15:50 – He says Ncube is smarter than his two rivals.
15:49 – “If Mugabe failed for 33 years, what magic can he come up with in the next 5 years to suceed?” Chimbaira.
15:45 – He says MDC will never enter into a coalition with MDC-T.
15:42 – He takes a dis at Tsvangirai, saying he is uneducated and is a womaniser.
15:41 – Chimbaira says says his MDC-T rival , Pineal Denga is going around plucking out MDC posters.
15:38 – Chikomba MP candidate Goodrich Chimbaira now on the stage.
15:35 – She urges all women to go and vote for Welshman Ncube on the 31st of July.
15:31 – MDC’s Ms Mlilo takes to the podium.
15:14 -The band resumes as people wait for the next speaker.
15:12 – He rounds up by wishing the country well.
15:10 – He talks about his relationship with the late General Solomon Mujurua and emphasizes on his continued respect for Mujuru.
15:09 – He says he it was only last Friday that he reached a consensus with MDC Ncube that they became one party.
15:07 – He says he talked to Ncube in December 2012, urging him not to engage in an agreement with any party without considering what happened between Zanu PF and ZAPU.
15:04– Dabengwa says he supported Simba Makoni, so that Tsvangirai would lose the elections.
15:02 – Dabengwa talks about Gukurahundi and how Zanu pf was taught to kill by the North Koreans.
15:00 – Dabengwa takes to the podium again. He said Nkomo was tricked by Zanu PF.
14:57 – The SG mocks Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
1453 – UMD Secretary General introduces UMD candidates and says his party is working with Ncube.
14:51 – UMD Secretary General, gideon Magadzire, takes to the podium, urging people to vote for Ncube.
14:49 – He takes a dig at Morgan Tsvangirai’s modest educational background.
14:47 – A student representative on the podium now.
14:41 – MDC candidates are introduced.
14:39 – Singing resumes.
14:35 – Dabengwa takes to the podium, there are cheers from the people.
14:32 – Mukaratirwa urges women to go and vote for the devolution of power.
14:31 – ZAPU Vice-President Emilia Mukaratirwa takes to the podium.
14:27 – Dumiso Dabengwa is also part of the members attending the rally.
14:25 – Welshman Ncube has just arrived in Chikomba.
13:46 – A convoy of commuter omnibuses has arrived with Ncube’s fans, all of them in their Green Machine regalia.
13:38 – Ncube expected to arrive in an hour’s time.Meanwhile, party members continue singing.
13:25 – School children at Madzivire Primary and Secondary Schools are to be dismissed early today to pave way for the rally scheduled to take place in their grounds.
13:03 – Of the 8 official vehicles at the rally, 6 are JOMIC vehicles.
12:52– The event is yet to start, MDC members are steadily gathering, all in one accord singing praise songs.