Live updates: Zanu PF’s Million men march

We are covering live Zanu PF’s Million men march.

Richard Chidza, Obey Manayiti, Tafadzwa Ufumeli giving updates from the ground.
Editing & social media by Tapiwa Zivira and Tinotenda Samukange

Earlier on we asked our readers about the preparations, follow the conversation.

1440: President Mugabe is now on the podium, he equates gathering to 1980 when he won his first election in independence Zimbabwe.
The 92-year-old begins his usual anti-West diatribe…

Some of the schoolbuses that have been commandeered to ferry students and other people to the rally
Some of the schoolbuses that have been commandeered to ferry students and other people to the rally

Nobody can move the rock of Zimbabwe you have created here today…it’s what we want to see the party doing.

We never campiagned for positions its a new culture to us…We never knew people go to n’angas seeking positions..I never wanted or campaigned to be president…Even in government, some want certain cabinet positions

1405: Grace Mugabe is back!
She takes the podium and bootlicks her husband, quoting the book of Jeremiah …”God knew you and set u apart…appointed prophet to the nations”

The bootlicking continues>>>

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Meanwhile, a scramble for food by the hungry supporters:

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1310. Its bootlicking spree as Bishop Manhanga prays for God’s spirit on Mugabe.

After the prayer, youth chairs are being introduced, marking the return of chants and slogans in support of First Lady Grace Mugabe. “Pasi nevanotuka Dr Grace..” Only the Midlands chair did not chant Grace slogan

Meanwhile, there are dozens of buses belonging to schools, colleges and other institutions. Zupco has been traditionally used to ferry Zanu PF supporters – often without any payement- but after years of mismanagement and abuse, the company no longer has as many buses that Zanu PF can use.

By 1300 President Robert Mugabe has arrived, accompanied by his wife Grace and they are being driven to the podium in Ford Ranger truck as they wave to the crowd.

By 12:45. Mathias Mhere is performing live before the crowd, as they wait for the arrival of President Robert Mugabe. Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has already arrived together with some senior Zanu PF officials. NewsDay will resume updates when Mugabe arrives for his speech.

By 12 noon. We have received reports that commuters in city bound minibuses were being asked to get off their buses to join the march into the city centre.

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By 11 am.
Zanu PF supporters are still marching from all the entry points to the square. Meanwhile, reports from Shamva indicate there was coercion of villagers to board the lorries that have ferried people to the march today.

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Members of the apostolic sect arrive singing “Gabriel the leader” in reference to Mugabe, whose middle name is Grabriel.

Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana and Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna are seen here at the event
Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana and Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna are seen here at the event

By 10 am
Meanwhile, the situation at the Freedom Square, which Zanu PF supporters refer to as the Robert Mugabe Square.
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By 8 am: Several thousands of people are trooping into Rufaro, but there seems to be little coordination with some from Masvingo, Mashonaland Central and East and Harare all in there.

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Only 20 buses here and several small trucks,about 2000 people gathering, a far cry from the expected over 100 000 from this side.

Meanwhile, at East 24, where the majority of those from Mashonaland East are coming from, Tafadzwa Ufumeli reports that there is a large crowd, probably the largest of them all, considering Mash East is a Zanu PF stronghold.

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35 Comments

  1. Haiwawo the usual forced marches where more than half support regime change.
    A reminiscent of pre.election star rallies where 60000 attend rallies but Mugabe barely gets 5000votes.
    Ungadini.
    Kutomhanyawo nebenzi

    1. next time you do updates, I suggest you put first things at the top, rather than the latest event at the top. As a reader, one would wish to get a background before the latest post. This must not be very difficult I guess.

  2. craziest thing of all time

  3. ROBERT NDAURAYANYIKA

    brainwashed idiots. jobless and hungry and being fooled to much in support of an ailing spirit who has been employed to steal our national resources since 1980! shame on you brainless fools

  4. I’m there and currently put the figure at 100000.
    Mita haribatike zvekumhanya.
    Machinja tinowanzo pazadza kudai neHarare chete

  5. This is pure nonsense. when this regime is destroying the economy and raiding the RTGS system in order to finance recurent expenditure there are busy wasting resources for the useless march. is this going to create jobs, is this going to alleviate the cash shortages we are experiencing right now. Busy frog marching people to such events with no value at all. Zimbabweans arise. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sekuru Xander

    The kind of people attending the march leaves a lot to be desired. They have a limited understanding of basic economic principles. The financial resources that were used to make this event happen could have been channeled to something else like food distribution, health issues or education. What next after the march?

  7. ZANU PF AYIDYIWE PAMA ELECTIONS KWEKUMHANYA.This is truely a peoples’ choice Political Party & come 2018 the numbers are speaking now & will speak then.Compare this with 2000 people that MDC-T organized for their demo.Hameno ikoko!!!!

  8. Changundegachemvere

    Let us use the opportunity to tell the President that we say emphatically NO to BOND NOTES. I am sure he will understand. ICHO!

  9. It only shows when the dictator is gone.the party is gone.taneta nevanhu ava

  10. No matter how much you lie, and how much you have lied, a million people out there now know that the Newsday and other social media websites are idiotic and never tell the truths. The journalists from these idiotic moth-pieces are sick and out of touch with the true events in Zimbabwe, hahahahah, pathetic.Marwadziwa.

  11. Where are further updates, especially the numbers forced to attend and those who do not know what the marching is all about? Please endeavour to interview Mboko and ask him the essence of his slogan.

  12. THESE PICTURES ARE NOT BEING UPDATED FAST ENOUGH. WE ARE GETTING BETTER COVERAGE BY WHATSAPP. WHY IS IT THAT SUCH TRUSTED MEDIA HOUSES AS NEWDAY WANT TO PAINT A FALSE PICTURE TOGETHER WITH THE WESTERN MEDIA HOUSES? REPORT OBJECTIVELY. SHOW THE TRUTH. THOUSANDS OF PPLE ARE OUT THERE TO SUPPORT THE BOB AND THAT IS TRUE.

  13. Vakati zvimwe vangapiwa mbichana pa 15bhidza hehehehe

  14. zim will always be zim

  15. That million people must go and see the doctor something is wrong in their brains,how can they support such a clueless government lead by DICTATOR MUGABE.Do they really knows that the economy is dead as a result of maladministration of this MONSTER ZANU PF.

  16. Ndoopowonzwa KhKhupe achiti coalition na Mujuru hayiite.
    Sekuru havabve zvekumhanya.
    Time for replanning opposition.

  17. Sekuru Xander

    Another History lesson from the old man. I sign out.

  18. Well done Kudzi

  19. Well done Kudzi m proud of you but pakuzoti tinoda kudyawo apa……

  20. What poverty and desperation can do. Figures don’t lie; it was a real fools’ day.

  21. Itayi henyu million march hama isu vamwe tirikumaricho pamunodzoka munowana mumba musina hupfu usayi mari zvamasiya zvakadaro.

  22. Maison Jaikolu

    Imagine if the MDC and the rest of the other political parties had the time, resources and political space to mobilize a national demonstration in the same manner as the ZANU faction which organized this event. It is only then then that we can draw an accurate comparison with the million man march, ( Perhaps it should more aptly be referred to as the million people march because women, old people and children also participated ). Lets now level the playing field and allow everyone who wishes to express themselves do so freely and see what happens. Food for thought ZANU factions and apologists?

  23. now i see the Lord is just if these pple suffer at any point they should not cry to the lord cz they have showed they love the guy…let them soldier on kkkkkk…a storm is comin is comin anyway….

  24. Nonsense, Zimbabwe we need a revolution, rise up against zanu pf and dont count the cost.

  25. kutandadza kwemukuru uku. manje manje tinenge toti takapedzisira kumuona pamillionmen march. dzoda attention chero kusvika kuguva. apa kumhorosa dzinenge dzakasimudzirwa ruoko. sahem Matibili!

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  27. I saw this in a twitter thread. This guy @robertndlovu must be on weed or something. Ref how to estimate numbers in a crowd. Utter Rubbish .

    “(1/1) Using Jacob’s method we can estimate the upper limit of the crowd. 100 m x 70 m = 7,000 sq m. The average size of a soccer pitch.

    (1/2) Using a crowd density of 3 people per square m => 7,000 x 3 = 28,000 .Estimate 3 or stadiums then upper limit within 28,000 x 3 = 84,000 .

    (1/3) Again this is an estimate of upper limits as it is difficult if not impossible to get aerial pictures then extrapolate crowd densities .”

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  30. Wilbert Mukori

    Zimbabwe is the North Korea of Africa where what people do in praise of the great leader has nothing to do with what the tyrant is actually doing to them! Unemployment is now a nauseating 90% so 90% of those praising Mugabe are happy they are out of work!

  31. Million idiots march

    More like million idiots March kikikiki hapana hapana tomorrow you still have a bleak future always struggling to make ends meet while begging for mafufu from your self centred Zanu masters. Kusvikira riini maZanu kuze kubenini watching the beloved country get worse each year. Hatidyi slogan nhaika wake up wake up maZanu the real change for Zim will happen when Zanu insiders also see the light and say no to thus evil regime

  32. kutipedzera nguva.mbavha dzavanhu

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