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Live updates: Grace Mugabe in Gwanda

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Grace Mugabe on Monday afternoon takes her campaign to Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda, Matebeleland South.

Southern Eye News Editor Nqaba Matshazi is on the ground, providing updates of the event.

14:49 Grace says Mugabe does not have property or money outside the country, so even if the west had to freeze their assets there is nothing to freeze
Mugabe is the least paid President on this earth, Grace claims
Oops, people have begun trickling out of the stadium, as Grace’s rants on factionalism continue

14:46 Grace suggests Mugabe should appoint a Vice President that works with him, not one who does nothing
Grace says some party members are telling investors to stay put until Mugabe goes, she says these people are being bribed
I know God will stand with Mugabe, even in the face of people who are selling out the country

14:28 Mugabe has a gift of life from God, he is still in charge – Grace
Grace is now addressing equal rights, says men and women were created to be equal
Education without humanity is useless, even if you educated, you need to be humane and don’t lead children astray
We are back where we started, Grace Mugabe is now lashing at factionalism. She says that also affects food security in the country

14:14 Grace Mugabe says she has suffered in the past, but she’s not worried about being barred from going to Britain and Europe

14:04: The speech is all over the place at the moment. Grace now address land ownership and reports that some beneficiaries are now selling the land back to whites
14:00 Grace accuses people in the party of abusing Zanu PF’s fit all economic policy, ZimAsset
Grace now talks of child abuse and violence. She says this is a problem in developing countries

13:50: Grace says Mat South men are leaving the country for SA and this destroys the family unit. “There are many single-parent households in this community”.
Grace is now addressing factionalism, saying energies spent on factionalism should be used on upgrading the status on women… strangely she encourages gold panning. That has wrecked havoc in Mat South

13:43 Now… Finally, its Grace Mugabe’s turn on the podium. Expecting anything new?
Grace Mugabe starts her rally with “Phansi ngoTsvangirai” she resorts to Shona for the beginning of her speech
She praises Mat South for voting for Zanu PF to ululations from the crowd/ Grace says some people didn’t know or recognise her, so now she is addressing rallies on her own

13:34 Olivia Muchena now addressing the crowd, she will invite Women’s League boss, Oppa Muchinguri to invite Grace Mugabe… you know how protocol goes
Now its Oppah Muchinguri’s turn on the podium, she follows Simon Khaya Moyo, who didn’t have kind words for MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai

13:17 Alice Dube urges Grace to work on reviving the West Nicholson beef factory and to promote cervical cancer awareness

13:15 Alice Dube running out of accolades, describes Grace as a good mother, as she congratulates her on her daughter, Bona Mugabe’s wedding

13:14 Abednico Ncube praises Grace on the attainment of her PhD, while Alice Dube says all women in the province are behind Grace

12:49 Getting a bit interesting here, the Harare provincial youth chairperson says “Pasi ne gamatox”.

12:46 Events have gathered pace, now Abigail Damasane is addressing the crowd, introducing delegates

12:45 Grace has now arrived at the rally and chairman Andrew Langa is addressing. Langa assures Grace that Mat South is fully behind her and her husband, President Robert Mugabe at the December congress.

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12:43 Minister Langa gives assurance that Mat South will be behind Grace Mugabe and Robert Mugabe come the December Congress.

12:42 Abigail Damasane, Director of Ceremony introduces Zanu Pf provincial chairpersons.

12:11 Reports indicate thatrucks dispatched to ferry supporters are still on their way delaying Grace Mugabe’s entrance into the stadium. Grace was scheduled to to sdress the crowd at 10 am.

11:54 A woman collapses as the heat intensifies amid revelations that most of the people who were on the buses from the seven districts at dawn have not had anything to drink.

11:50 Ministers SK Moy, Kembo Mohadi and Obert Mpofu arrive.

11:48 Confusion as Zanu Pf youths cause disorder as they march to the podium before being ordered to retreat by youth leader.

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11:00 Scores of Zanu PF supporters trickle into Phelandaba Stadium, with some senior officials that include Information minister Jonathan Moyo, Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere Phillip Chiyangwa and Patrick Zhuwawo already in.

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The Police band continues to entertain the crowd while awaiting Grace who is currently being briefed.

Some of the supporters eat while they wait for the arrival of Grace Mugabe
Some of the supporters eat while they wait for the arrival of Grace Mugabe

A brief about Gwanda
Located approximately 122 kilometres southeast of Bulawayo, Gwanda is the capital of the province of Matabeleland South.

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