Updates by: Skilder Makona Pictures by: Wadzanai Mhombera


1553: Proceedings have come to an end here and that concludes our updates. Thank you for joining us!

1549: Cde Victor Matemadanda who is the Secretary for War Veterans in the Politburo now takes to the podium to give his vote of thanks.

1544: President Mnangagwa says; “Ndafara nekuita musangano wakadai mauya nehuwandu hwenyu vanhu vekuGokwe munogona. Pamberi neZanu PF, pamberi neZanu PF, pamberi nekuhwinha maelection, pamberi nemusangano, pasi nemhanduuuuu,” as he concludes his speech.

1543: “Ndinoda kukusiirai mashoko ekuti pasi nehuwori. Mukaona parikuitwa huori mhangarai. Ikozvino tavakuenda kuma election musi wa30 July tinoda mutsigire bato renyu. Kuno kuGokwe tinoziva muri musvo weZanu PF saka kusimba kenyu kunofanira kuonekwa musi wa30 July,” he says.

1542: “Takazarura Empowerbank yekupa maloan kune vechidiki kuti zvisimudzire hupenyu hwemhuri yeZimbabwe. This can only be done neparty ine chido nevanhu,” he says.

1541: President Mnangagwa says electricity is a vital component in the development of the nation.

1540: He says government will move in swiftly to develop infrastructure, to dualise all the country’s highways and refurbish other roads. 

1538: On education, the President has donated 50 computers to Mapfungautsi Primary School, a move aimed at improving the quality of education in the country.

1536: On re-engagement, President Mnangagwa says government will continue engaging other countries through the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra so as to lure investors for the development of the country.

1535: “Here in the Midlands, we have an abundance of minerals and we know that artisanal miners are in need of support from government and that we will do so as to make their work more efficient,” he says.

1534: He says Gokwe produces about 50 percent of cotton in the country. 

1533: President Mnangagwa says there’s need to modernise agriculture. “Government through the Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Ministry will put in place programmes to provide tractors among other things to farmers which are payable over a certain period of time.

1529: On agriculture, he says he toured Cottco Gokwe and saw tonnes of cotton, something which shows that the area is rich in the production of the white gold. He says government will review upwards the price of cotton adding that government will continue supporting farmers and will awarde them for their produce.

1528: He reiterated that universities should produce highly skilled students who will help grow the economy.

1523: “Tiri kukumbirwa kuti segovernment huyai muzarure apa day by day. Tavakutoshaya kuti toita sei tichivaka nyika yedu pamwe chete…ibwe pamusoro peibwe,” says the President. 

1522: He says the new government is aimed at economically empowering all Zimbabweans through the improvement of infrastructure, be it roads or rail. 

More scenes at Gokwe Mapfungautsi

1521: President Mnangagwa says they also met churches to tell them about the latest developments.

1519: He says hapana mutunhu usiona mambo hapana mutunhu usina vene. “Isu patakapinda takatanga kuunganidza madzimambo kuti tivazivise hutongi hwavepo. Hapana musangano ungaitwe kana madzimambo vasingazive ari kutonga ndiani. Zinongoitwa nevatongi. Ukawona hama yako ichibva kuvatongi ichienda kuvatongwi ibikire doro idzoke kuZanu PF,” he says.

1515: President Mnangagwa is now addressing the party supporters and he starts by chanting the iconic slogan….pamberi neZanu PF, pamberi nekubatana, pamberi nekuhwinha maelection…..pasi nemhanduuuu!

1513: Vice President Chiwenga now invites the President to the podium.

1511: Dr Chiwenga says Cde Mnangagwa was made the First Secretary of Zanu PF in december 2017.

1506: He gives a brief background of Cde Mnangagwa.

1503: Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is now introducing the President.

1256: Politburo member and Chitepo School of Ideology Principal Cde Munyaradzi Machacha is now giving his remarks and making formal introductions.

1254: The Zanu PF Deputy National Political Commissar Cde Omega Hungwe is now on the podium

1249: A local pastor is now giving an opening prayer.

President Mnangagwa arriving at Gokwe Mapfungautsi Primary School

1246: Official proceedings begin with the singing of the national anthem.

1243: The President is moving around greeting the party supporters gathered here. 

1235: President Mnangagwa arrives here at Mapfungautsi Primary School.

1233: Further scenes from Gokwe Mapfungautsi Primary School. Zanu PF supporters waving their party’s flag. 

1008: Gokwe is one of the biggest cotton-producing districts in Zimbabwe and government is supporting cotton farmers with free inputs to revive cotton production which had declined over the years.

1007: Before addressing the rally in the Midlands Province, President Mnangagwa is touring a cotton ginnery here in Gokwe.

Scenes from Mapfungautsi Primary School, Gokwe

0954: Zanu PF supporters throng Mapfungautsi Primary School in Gokwe the venue for the party’s presidential rally to be addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa today.