NewsDay gives you a live report on the MDC-T rally in Kotwa, Mudzi North constituency where the party leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is set to address people.
Updates by Cecilia Kamuputa, Aaron Ufumeli, Tapiwa Zivira
16:48-The rally ends.
16:04-Tsvangirai:We have a housing scheme to improve the rural housing standards.This is different from Zanu PF food handouts.
15:58We have a rural upliftment programme to have a processing and packaging plants for small scale farmers to add value to their products
15:51-Tsvangirai:Only 150 000 workers in sectors other than civil service shows the high level of unemployment.
15:47-Tsvangirai says an equitable distribution of wealth will ensure better remuneration for civil society.
15:30 Tapiwa Mashakada says MDC-T government will deal with the culture of fear.
15:20-Chamisa now addressing about a 1000 people at Murehwa Center.
15:15-Tsvangirai says Zanu PF support base has waned in Murehwa.
15:13 Tsvangirai now addressing at Murehwa Center.
13:49 – Zanu PF youths gathered at the ‘Corner Store’ in Mutoko.
13:31 – Some of the Zanu PF supporters are ‘waiting’ some 400 metres from where Tsvangirai is addressing people.
13:28 – Tsvangirai ends his address and is to head for Uzumba as bystanders listen to the address from a safe distance.
13:26-He says there will be free access to cancer medication and ARVs.
13:21 – He says Mugabe’s recent appointment of judges is meant to protect him after the polls.
13:33-Tsvangirai says most of those who fled to the MDC-T headquarters during the 2008 violence were from Mashonaland East.
13:30 – Tsvangirai says Zanu PF’s name calling shows Zanu PF’s ’emptiness’.
13:25 – Tsvangirai says he will summon Chiefs and traditional leaders to make them accountable for intimidating people.
12:50 – Tsvangirai arrives in Mutoko amid cheers.
12:48 – Zwizwai urges MDC-T polling agents to be vigilant and guard against rigging during poll day. this comes after Tsvangirai recently said there was a Zanu PF, ZEC rigging plot.
12:44 – Information received is that Zanu PF supporters on a megaphone went around Mutoko Center early morning promising retribution to anyone who would go to the MDC-T rally.
An MDC-T official said Mutoko police took 3 hours to respond to this.
12:44 – Tsvangirai has reiterated his call for peace and that unity will conquer. He has encouraged the supporters to turn out in large numbers come July 31.
12:43 – In Mudzi, Tsvangirai thanked supporters who have been brave enough to attend the rally despite the intimidation.
12:42 – We are informed that Zanu PF supporters close to the venue have tried to disrupt the MDC-T event.
12:40 – Zwizwai does what they call a bye bye wave to President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.
12:38 – Tracy Mutinhiri leads the prayer.
12:33 – Several hundreds of MDC-T supporters are going ahead with proceeding as as the wait for PM Tsvangirai’s arrival. Members of the police are present.
12:30 – In Mutoko, Zanu PF supporters are gathered a few meters from where the MDC-T rally is due to be held.
11:45 – In Murewa, Zanu PF supporters are reportedly sticking President Mugabe’s posters on top of PM Tsvangirai’s posters.
11:25 – PM Tsvangirai has arrived at the rally venue.
11:10 – The number of supporters is steadily increasing with about 200 supporters being addressed by MDC-T National Youth Information & Publicity Secretary Clifford Hlatwayo.
11:07 – From Kotwa, the Prime Minister will go to Mutoko Center then Murehwa.
10:00 – Turn out is still very low , with about a 100 supporters, as word going around is that many might not attend as they fear that they might be attacked by Zanu PF supporters after the rally.
Additional updates by Tinotenda Samukange