Throw back: When the camera clicked… Zanu PF delegates were caught napping !

WHILE President Robert Mugabe made his hour-long opening speech at the Zanu PF Central Committee meeting held at the party’s headquarters yesterday, some delegates- several of them senior officials- could not help doze off.

All Pictures by Cynthia R Matonhodze
Report by Tapiwa Zivira



Within the first five minutes of the speech, dozens of weary looking delegates who had waited since morning for Mugabe’s arrival could be seen drifting into slumber.



The majority of the over 2000 delegates, including senior politburo members had arrived at around 10 am as the event was said to be starting at 11 am, but they had to wait until about 1 pm when the president moved to the conference room to officiate the proceedings.

Several delegates, especially those from outside Harare, had already started complaining about hunger since they had travelled to Harare early morning.



The sleeping delegates were constantly interrupted by occasional applause from those who were attentive.



The peak arrived when Mugabe asked the party’s secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa to read the full list of the Zanu PF cadres who had passed on.


At first Mutasa just mentioned the number, but Mugabe insisted on having the full list read out. Mutasa spent nearly 20 minutes reading out names and that appeared to have drove more delegates into sleep.

Ironically, President Mugabe in his speech spoke about a vigorous campaign for a resounding victory.

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78 Responses to Throw back: When the camera clicked… Zanu PF delegates were caught napping !

  1. mugabe July 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm #


    • mafira kureva July 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm #


      • Tjingababili July 7, 2013 at 7:20 am #


    • bepa ravanhu July 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Tirikutonga even if you laugh, we are the rulling party svoto!!!

      • james July 6, 2013 at 6:19 am #

        This why this country is in the mud. 33 years of this!?

      • Martin July 6, 2013 at 9:27 am #

        hope you are life like your chefs

        • Martin July 6, 2013 at 9:29 am #

          hope you are enjoying a lavish life like your zanu pf chefs.

      • ZANU YAORA July 6, 2013 at 10:37 am #

        CHAKAPATA ICHI !!!

      • Leny J July 6, 2013 at 11:38 am #

        ruling party, last time i checked Mgabe was the one going to SADC to do fire fighting against More Morgan’s prowessness…kikikkk, let them sleep tichitora nyika come 31 July,,todzinga vanhu.

      • tsoka July 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

        Have you forgotten something called GNU it means Government of National Unity. ZPF lost its parliamentary majority in 2008 in case you have forgotten too.

    • bepa ravanhu July 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm #


      Tirikutonga even if you laugh, we are the rulling party svoto!!!

      • Martin July 6, 2013 at 9:32 am #

        bepa ravanhu hope you own your own house, luxury cars and your kids are at foreign universities and have stashes of USD in your personal home safe, otherwise you just like the millions of black zimbabwean wallowing in poverty whilst you spend your time ulilating at your chefs just to get the crumbs.

      • musharukwa July 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

        They will sleep beyond the voteing day tozovamutsa isu machinja tapanyanga!!!! kikikikikikikikiki

    • bepa ravanhu July 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm #


      Newsday mazogona wena, this is good journalism keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Geo July 6, 2013 at 9:32 am #

        Can’t you see this guy took photos during prayer.
        Stupid journalism

    • bepa ravanhu July 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Tshinga Dube ARV side effects?????????

  2. Maira July 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Hahaheeee …vaMugabe vazopera wena eyiiiii!!!member dzose dzakatozvuda mumusangano hiiiiiii ma1

    • Zimbabwean July 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm #


  3. Bunandibukayise July 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    were they not praying or meditating?

    • Chenjerai Hove July 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Maybe they were meditating or praying or thinking, but after 33 years, the results of the meditating or praying or thinking do not seem to be evident anywhere. I am convinced they are simply sleeping while the country decays.

  4. taworamoyo July 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    what if they win the election what is going to happen to the beloved zimbabwe. mazimbos our life is tough hahahaaa zakaoma. GOD BLESS ZIMBABWE. big up the newsday jono.

  5. chikwapuro July 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    ko kusura zvako madhara apera basa aya

  6. chikwapuro July 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    ko kusura hako ma dhara akapera basa kare aya

  7. Mai Svodai July 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Cynthia hauoni kuti vanhu vakuru here ava, une musikanzwa zvibate. Ma1 boys dzangu

  8. UNWAVERED July 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Genesis of their demise hakuna chisinga pere…..

  9. Tendai Chaminuka July 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    This is what has made ZANU (PF) bankrupt of ideas.Vanhu ava vajaira kudya zveurema nekushandisa huchef.Imagine Mugabe could go through the whole list yaida kutorambwa naMutasa weAdministration and a whole lot was doozing off.Hanzi basa rakawanda asi washandi washoma.Ngwena haina kurara ndomaitiro ayo.I feel sorry for the energetic President.Amwe madhonza aari kurima nawo imhumhu chete

    • General Pancho Villa July 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Ngwena irikuto taimira kutobataso taura hako.

  10. Simweena Bantu July 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Imi NewsDay, isai comment yangu apa. Hamunyare? Yakashatei?

  11. TONGAI July 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm #


    • Chenjerai Hove July 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      If you want to be a millionaire, make 5 0000 small cushions/pillows and take them to all ZPF central committee and politiburo meetings:


      After a month, you will be a millionaire for sure. Each Central Committee meeting lasts about 5 hours. Calculate how many meetings will earn you your first million. Good business!

      • Mutinyare! July 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

        Hahahaha………maybe clean money from dirty money! Great thinking

  12. Simweena Bantu July 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Please give us a story on Morgan Tsvangirai’s reaction to the ConCourt ruling. Don’t take sides cde Editor, especially Tsvangirai’s side coz he is always a flop. The man is immune to advice.

  13. reason July 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    closing your eyes doesn’t necessarily mean you are not paying attention, and why should they be worried especially when facing an opposition fool of idiots who are good at making noise whilst nothing has been achieved. Chinamasa needed a rest because he had finished off the puppets earlier on during the day at the con-court. Cythia that’s what we call a relaxed atmosphere, where victors relax and thinking about the next move without worrying about a party which now calls itself baba durex or jukwa, whatever that may mean. Come 31 jul no more puppets in gvt icho!

    • Mutongigava July 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Yes,they relax whilst closing their eyes!

  14. o.m.g July 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    panga pakaipa apa

  15. Cde T Chaminuka July 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Imbiti idzo kana ne plan hapana kutofunga kuda kutourayana chete ipapo

  16. Tau July 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Magariro kurara for 33 years

  17. Mutongigava July 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    This should be the most boring conference on planet earth!

  18. Zvigodii July 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    If these pictures are real let these guys be hospitalised they are sicker than their leader.

  19. Pombiyadonha July 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Yaingove meeting yekusurirana iyi. Asura ovhunduka, asura ovhunduka, ovhura maziso

    • Habari July 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Chokwadi a bunch of useless recycled dead wood…sleeping of course becauase of the long and boring speech from a dead donkey.

  20. jah thunder July 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    the first pic inondifungisa baba jukwa mnangangwa, sekeremayi and goche on top of each other while nhema is distant

  21. sidza July 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Zanu pf is an old people’s home.

  22. Phillip July 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    They hear whilst they are asleep

  23. tee kay July 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Zvakaoma Vanhu waMwari

  24. ZVENYIKA July 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    snooze fest chaiyo. inga zvakaoma. manje hope hadzina ndima. ngativapei nguva yekunorara musi wa 31 july.

  25. XYZ July 6, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Those people are so old and some people say they can take us into the future most of them belong in an old peoples home or the history books !!! Zimbos let’s vote for a new Zimbabwe vote wisely

  26. Chingara July 6, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Totaly childish, senseless and jesting news .

  27. MCGYVER July 6, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    handiyo HATE SPEECH yacho here iyi nhai vanhu veMDC , muchakura rini , musazochema mangwana

  28. Farthaz July 6, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Hope hadzina ndima underestimate the will of the people at your own peril zanny party. Bury yo head in the sand and come August nomore deadwood and decadent party.

  29. ZANU YAORA July 6, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Hapana zvevanhu paye. New govt guys new begining. MDC T

  30. MCGYVER July 6, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    hoo nhai musadherera madhara aya, rangarirai zvamakataura after MAPUTO SADC SUMMIT mugoona zvamavakutaura nhasi WHO IS HAVING THE LONGEST LAUGH, Imi munongofunga zvekuvanyadzisa ivo vachironga zvekukunda musarudzo, musazochema mangwana

  31. Jokoniya weintelligence July 6, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    pamwe paive pamboimwa lullaby…..toita sei nenyika yezimbabwe

  32. Musavengane Nyashadzasheee July 6, 2013 at 8:15 am #


  33. UNDEREMPLOYED July 6, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    This is why the bus left the road.

    What a wonderful article.


    Sleep Easy Germany.

  34. Joseph July 6, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    They were not sleeping, they were looking at their eyelids!

  35. Mental Gymnastics July 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Meditation is not prohibited by our laws !

  36. SHIBOBO July 6, 2013 at 9:03 am #


  37. tongai July 6, 2013 at 9:28 am #


  38. Madhawu July 6, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Ko Editor mashaya nyaya here apa why are you stooping so low. Saka panezvese zvakataurwa nezvaitika makaona zviri important kutsvaga those vanenge vatsinzina maziso. Honestly Mr. Editor I think you take all your readers for fools or worse off shallow minded MDC zealots…. that’s really despicable.

  39. tich July 6, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Martin ,u have said it all.Vamwe vanongonaikidza kuti Zanu PF iri kutonga vasina chavanowana.I was once a serviceman,vanwe vakaita 20yrs ari maCst,Cpl,Airmen yet maWar Vet vachingotamba nhamo vakazopiwa tunyembe twevhara muromo pakauya MDC,namanje they are still in service renting a one room in the high density ,kana mombe kana mwana akafundawo paBoarding yet they make noise kuti tiri kutonga yet inhamo yega ,yega.30yrs after serving ZNA,ZPS,ZRP unongori munhamo machefs amunowomberera achifamba nelatest Merc iwe uri mumanyatera.Mukai mhani!!!!!

  40. sean timba July 6, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    chashamisa pakurara kwedu chii! we have been sleeping since 1980! Didnt you see that even ku UN, AU and other summits his excellency has always been sleeping. dai matotaura zvekuti ndakasura ndakarara otherwise this is what we call sovereignty and patriotism. In fact, this is all the work of the opposition, only showing when we slept. what about when the meeting was over, we where awake when we were going back home.

  41. Life Support Machine July 6, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    What about Tswangi and his lot who slept for FIVE solid years without initiating security sector, media and electoral reforms ! ZANU[PF] rules supreme ! Bob is as cunning as a fox ! SADC crashlanded with an egg on its face ! Could you please kindly ask Tswangi whether he lost keys to elections . I am appealing to all MDCs prodical sons and daughters to repent and rejoin the chosen Party – July 31 is around the corner. You are all welcome to vote for the original Party and not those with appendages.!

  42. WETHEPEOPLE July 6, 2013 at 11:14 am #


  43. bashuppi July 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    bhora musango… Asijik.

  44. Xtreme Opinion July 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Some [Egyptian] mummies have been ‘sleeping’ for 3 000 years. Our have been awake since 1980, but now they WANT their sleep.Let sleeping dogs lie, lest they make noise or worse still, bite you impulsively!

  45. David kurutati July 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Whats wrong here i dont see any proplem ,nyangwe vakavata pamusangano the fact that they are ur leaders will remain.and we will continue 2 respect them.iwe kana baba vako vakadhakwa wotobva wavaramba uchiti havasisiri baba baba ndibaba pliz newsday learn 2 respect ur true leaders ,zivai kuti musangano iwoyo wavaiita unoita kuti iwe neni tidye tichiguta vanhu vane basa rakaoma ava they sometimes forget ubut their bussiness running this country bussiness like anyone afta working so hard they are of no exception they get tired nyaya iyi yandirwadza zvikuru

  46. Dzingi July 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    kkkkkkkkkkk zvinonakidza kutongwa nemachembere asina kana nevision yekuti who will b next President kana kadara aka kafa. so ineresting rega ndiseke zvangu

  47. scott July 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Shut eyes during an hour long speech and a 20 minute episode of names being read makes sense; that can put most to sleep. After the speeches their eyes opened to applause but sadly, most opposition leaders’ minds are still shut after SADC gave them an opportunity to read between the lines in Maputo.

  48. Umthwakazi ka Bulawayo July 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Chitongai tione?

  49. antony July 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    zanu yaora topinda panyanga isu veMDC ivo vakarara

  50. Wakaah July 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    iii weduweee vaneta wabva kumapurazika awa

  51. Tino July 8, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Kikikikikiki, it is like speaking to dead people in a mortuary.
    Regai vatsividze ivo vaMugabe vonombokotsirawo kana vamwe vachitaura.

  52. Girosari July 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    eyish! zvidhara zvanzwa nemifuhwira strategise madhara pfungwa dzakurirwa idzi. munonyanya kungodya kwese kwese. another sign yekufuhwirwa but Crocodile ma1 manje never trust that man haarari hope chaidzo.

  53. ROBERT NDAURAYANYIKA March 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Inonzi ‘vatayi united’. mugabe gwacho guchingokanda mic pasi gwadovatavo kkkkkkkkk. ungaifambisa economy pakadai?????

  54. TOGAREPI C March 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    They were not sleeping but they emulating the president who sleeps when he is thinking.Ndizvo zvkatawurwa na Charamba his spokes person “People say the president is sleeping but he would be thinking deeply whilst he is asleep.A bunch of shameful people.

  55. Ian Smith March 10, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    Thieves sleep when its not their favourite subject..
    if only Mugabe had said “I am happy to announce that our friends from the east have donated $500m for projects.. none of them would be sleeping but sweating, restless and hyperventillating,

  56. mama shamim March 10, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Are u disappointed in love or u want to get back your ex lover who is either drifting apart or has moved on but you just can’t let go: ignite the romance! battling with bad luck ,family ,business problems, time to change the way life comes to you! yes its destiny but it can be twisted a little to get the best out of life! don’t give up yet, there is hope, looking for your dream job but the mission seems close to impossible: don’t give up come to me! is your life not pleasant and you wish you deserve better; then you do! is your marriage at the verge of breakdown ,is there a divorce in the pipeline? get the results that you wish it doesn’t have to be messy if you don’t want it that way and alternatively you can stop it immediately or fasten it and start over again to minimize the pain ,the choice is yours! court cases at whatev

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