Saturday, 12 August 2017


1459: “It doesn’t strengthen our resolve to fill up the stadiums yet thousands among us are not registered to vote. There is a new system of registration that we have embraced as a country. Therefore, everyone is expected to register as a voter.”
1458: Cde Chipanga has implored youths to go and register to vote.

“Our challenge as youths is that we have a substantial number of youths who are not registered voters.  Your victory is not in question President Mugabe. We are solidly behind your candidature and we are not going to support anyone besides you.”

1448: Youth League secretary Cde Kudzayi Chipanga has just finished introducing the Politburo members in attendance.

1447: Matabeleland South youth league chair Cde Dingumuzi Phuthi thanks President Mugabe for listening to their grievances and making efforts to address them.
“As Matabeleland South, we are happy to host you for the second time this year after successfully hosting your birthday celebrations in Matobo earlier this year. We gather you were            elated with the celebrations.”

1443: Chief Masuku welcomes President Mugabe and all the party membership to Gwanda. He implores them to feel at home.

1427: The National Anthem is now being sung.

1414: President Mugabe is arriving at Pelandaba Stadium and the crowd thunders in song. As the Presidential motorcade enters the venue, everyone at the stadium stands up to show respect to the party leader. He is now moving around the stadium in a ZRP Defender vehicle greeting an ecstatic crowd.
1411:  Cdes Simon Khaya  Moyo, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Christopher Mushowe and Sydney Sekeramayi are here too.

1405: The two VPs Mnangagwa and Mphoko have just arrived at Pelandaba Stadium here in Jahunda Suburb, Gwanda.
The VVIP tent is filling up.  Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo, National Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and Secretary for Security in the Politburo Cde Kembo Mohadi have taken their seats. Secretary for Finance in the Politburo, Cde Obert Mpofu is here too.

1332: From the briefing, President headed to the Gwanda Post office where he commissioned a Community Information Centre which is expected to help locals stay informed.

1312: The First Secretary of the ruling party has just landed at Gwanda Polytechnic College where he is expected to have a briefing with Matabeleland South party leadership.

1302: The sound of helicopters hovering above Jahunda Suburb and subsequently Pelandaba Stadium elates the crowd gathered here waiting for the arrival of President Mugabe.
1206: Some senior Government officials have arrived at the venue and already taken their seats. Those who have arrived include Cdes Mabel Chinomona,Jonathan Moyo, Abigail Damasane, Patrick Zhuwao, Dr Walter Mzembi, Eunice Sandi-Moyo and Joshua Malinga.
1149: In the revolutionary spirit that has engulfed the province, liberation war songs by Light Machine Gun choir  get people dancing along.

1143: As the crowd waits impatiently, the Zimbabwe Republic Police Band entertains them with Brenda Fassie’s popular beats. Home to more than five ethnic groups, Matabeleland South is a culturally rich province.


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