Friday, 1 September 2017


11:00 – The Zanu-PF First Secretary, President Mugabe has used the rallies as an opportunity to impart in the youths the need to protect the revolutionary legacy that brought independence to the country.
President Mugabe is also scheduled to commission the Gweru Community Information Center before proceeding to the main event.
11: 18 - Delegates waiting to witness President Mugabe as he officially opens a state of the art information center in Gweru Central Business District are now seated with the President expected to arrive here at about 11.30
Present are ICT Minister Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, Defence Minister Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, Zanu-Pf Midlands chairperson Cde Daniel MacKenzie Ncube among other senior government and party officials
11: 31 - President Mugabe has just arrived at the Information Center and is welcomed by Minister Mandiwanzira.
11:37 - Some of the ministers already present at the rally venue include Dr Ignatius Chombo, Josaya Hungwe, Prisca Mupfumira, Joram Gumbo, Prof Jonathan Moyo, Joseph Made, Patrick Zhuwao

11-:44 - Some of the ministers already present at the rally venue include Dr Ignatius Chombo, Cde Josia Hungwe, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, Cde Joram Gumbo, Prof Jonathan Moyo, Dr Joseph Made and Cde Patrick Zhuwao
11:50 - Various groups are currently entertaining the party supporters
11:57 - President has officially opened the infor centre and now inpectong the computers
Meanwhile at the main venue in Mkoba, the numbers keep swelling with the party faithfuls still trooping in.
12:27 – Meanwhile State Security  Minister Kembo Mohadi has just arrived.
Zanu-PF has 536 party districts in the eight administrative districts in Midlands and today’s rally is the seventh one with President Mugabe having visited Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces.
12:36 - National Political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere has arrived , followed by Vice Presidents Phelekezela Report  Mphoko and Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
12:45 - The atmosphere has turned electric as President Mugabe is set to arrive

12:50 – President Mugabe is accompanied by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and Youth League secretary Kudzanayi Chipanga as he goes around greeting party supporters.
13:39 – Cde Machando says youths need loans to start businesses because after school they can’t find jobs. He says college students who fail to pay fees should be allowed to write exams and look for the money afterwards.
“We got chrome claims but Zimasco got claims that are under other people’s names. The same is the case regarding residential stands . . .
“Youths got offer letters but the same youths saw those offers being withdrawn,” says Cde Machando.
He calls for full youth participation in all government initiatives especially in farming programme of Command Agriculture.

13:41 - He says Midlands is not a factional province but a province that follows President Mugabe and Amai Mugabe.

13:55 – Chipanga also says the period during which they will be issued should be extended
13:57 – Chipanga thanks the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe  for the work she is doing and urges her to include youths in her latest poultry initiative.  Chipanga also asks for the party faithful to be given party regalia

13:59 – The Youth League has started publishing the Interface magazine that will soon be sold locally. He says the magazine will capture all the activities being done by the youths and women’s league.

14:02 - He says every edition will carry the images of the President and First Lady on its cover page.
“We don’t tolerate factionalism..usave nekamwe ka president kunze kwa Mai na baba Mugabe”
14:06 - ”We don’t want the name of our war veterans to be tarnished by a few individuals who dream that they will one day rule this country,”

He says next year’s 21st February celebrations will be held in Nyanga, the area through which  President Mugabe went to Mozambique with the late Edgar Tekere during the liberation struggle. He ends his address

14:12 – Cde Chipanga returns to the podium to ask First Lady Grace Mugabe to address the rally. Amai Mugabe takes to the podium
14:13 – Amai Mugabe says she is originally  from Midlands and is a Karanga.
14:14 - She says it doesn’t matter where one comes from but what is important is that we are all Zimbabweans
“I once said what we do in the President’s presence should be the same with what we do in his absence”


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